About Plugat Hakotel - Western Wall Squad
Eighty years after it was shut down by the British Mandate, the House of the Western Wall Platoon reopened! Prepare for an exciting and experiential journey, accompanied by a historical drama about the structure. The exceptional house, which tells an extraordinary Jewish-Zionist story, is open to the general public and visitors, initiated by the Betar World Movement.
The museum, located in the heart of the Jewish Quarter will tell, for the first time, from beginning to end, the story of the Western Wall platoon. The company consisted of young members of the Betar movement who protected the Old City as a counterweight to British restrictions on Jewish existence at the Western Wall. The story of their heroism focuses on the same structure that served them as a residence. The story of the group, which was almost forgotten in the history of the Jewish Museum in Eretz Israel, begins with the events of 1929, which led to strict restrictions on the Jewish presence in the city and the Western Wall. The British decided to impose sanctions on Jews, who found themselves in serious trouble. The Betarite group did not accept the decree quietly and decided to do something - to blow the shofar sound from the walls of the Old City every Yom Kippur. Indeed, at the end of every Yom Kippur, from 1930 to 1948, the Betar youth sneaked up to the Western Wall and blew the shofar. They did so despite knowing that if they were caught (and some were caught), they would be held in prison for several months under harsh conditions. In 1937 there were many attacks on the Jews of the Old City by Arab rioters. As a result of the many incidents, it was decided to establish a Betar company that would remain there on a regular basis in order to increase the security of the residents of the Jewish Quarter. Another reason for the establishment of the company was to maintain contact with the Wall and its surroundings. The company was stationed there until the middle of 1938 and was involved in numerous confrontations. The extensive activity of the members of the company formed the basis for the establishment of the Etzel Irgun. In the summer of 1938, the British decided to take action after a number of serious events that resulted in wounded and dead, and raided the house in order to block it. Despite the incident, the tradition of blowing the shofar continued by members who endangered their lives, until the establishment of the State in 1948.
This special museum is dedicated to telling the heroic story of the platoons through a series of dramatic films that will talk about the history of the Jewish boys and the tradition of blowing the shofar. Museum visitors will begin the tour with the story of the shofar and will continue to stories of the heroism of the Irgun members who were brought up on the same values instilled by the platoon. The main film tour is 35 minutes long and it presents the story in a dramatic and exciting way. The stories of heroism are highlighted and there is a special emphasis on conveying the sense of life under constant danger. The visitors receive a taste of this harsh feeling, which includes arrests, smuggling of shofars while endangering lives and constant confrontations with a hostile population on the one hand, and harsh rule on the other. All this is portrayed under the ideology and idea that Jewish tradition must be preserved.