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Hadassah Awarded ‘Standard of War of Independence’ by Israel Govt

Hadassah–the Women’s Zionist Organization of America–was the recipient of a rare citation from the Israel Government here today, as the women Zionists inaugurated a celebration marking Hadassah’s Golden Jubilee.

On behalf of the Government, Col. Yosef Nevo, military commander of Jerusalem, awarded to Hadassah the "Standard of the War of Independence," an honor never before given to any institution but only to border settlements whose inhabitants had fought in battles and displayed exceptional heroism, A special scroll accompanying the award to Hadassah was signed by Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion in his capacity of Defense Minister.

Hadassah, according to the citation, was given the award for its role in the War of Liberation, citing its contributions to the defense in Jerusalem, when Hadassah representatives "displayed unusual heroism and bravery under fire."

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