Huberman Memorial day 1991

  • Issue: April 1991
  • Designer: A. Vanooijen
  • Stamp size: 40 x 25.7 mm
  • Plate no.: 136
  • Sheet of 15 stamps Tabs: 5
  • Printers: E. Lewin-Epstein Ltd.
  • Method of printing: Offset

The origins of the Israeli Intelligence Community can be traced back somewhere towards the end of the last century, when it played a part in founding Jewish settlements in pre-state Israel. During the Second World War, prior to the establishment of the State, the Intelligence Community aided immigration and was involved in Jewish underground organizations.

Since the War of Independence, members of the Intelligence Community have been at the forefront of every campaign, helping the leaders of the nation in reaching the right decisions. The Intelligence Community consists of:

The key to the Intelligence Community's success lies in the fact that it functions as an integrated unit which operates as one single entity. An additional factor is the quality of its personnel: daring, inventive and completely dedicated. Intelligence work is characterized by a grey daily routine. The outcome of these efforts has enabled the execution of extraordinary operations, which earned the Israeli Intelligence Services admiration and praise throughout the world. Intelligence operatives paved the way to victory in the Six Day War. They have contributed significantly to the long term struggle against terrorism (Entebbe' operation). They played their part in the destruction of the nuclear reactor in Iraq.

Members of the Intelligence Community have given their lives both in Israel's wars and during the periods in between. Some of them have remained anonymous, while others could not even be brought to Israel for burial.


More than 400 members of the Intelligence Community have fallen in Israel's campaigns. Members of the Community, together with the bereaved families have spent time determining how best to perpetuate the memory of their loved ones. They have established a memorial site that is vital and active, creating a Center that passes on the values of the Community to future generations. The Center (C.S.S.) was inaugurated in July 1985 at Glilot north of Tel-Aviv.

The Memorial section of the site has the form of a labyrinth built from sandstone, characteristic to the coastal plain. The labyrinth itself is divided into six courtyards interconnected by convoluted walkways which interweave between them. This concept symbolizes the structure of the human brain as well as the complex thought processes that characterize intelligence work. Each courtyard represents a different period in the history of the Israeli-Arab conflict. On the walls the names of those who died are inscribed. There is a special corner dedicated to those members of the Intelligence Community whose names may still not be revealed.

The complex is completed by the Ohel-Shem, (the Shrinel. In this building are the personal dossiers of the fallen containing their biographies and bearing witness to their deeds. Visitors to the Center can associate with the memory of their loved ones and pray in the adjoining Synagogue. The Center has many intense educational activities, most of which are carried out by its members on a voluntary basis. Tens of thousands of pupils, citizens and members of the Intelligence Community visit the site each year. The conference rooms and the auditorium host ceremonies, lectures and courses. Memorial services, taking the oath ceremonies for new recruits and public gatherings all take place in the amphitheatre. The site contains a professional library together with a computerized information center and includes a collection of captured enemy documents. One can also visit the Israeli Intelligence Community exhibition, showing landmarks in the work of the Community.

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Memorial day 1991