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Avshalom Feinberg  
 
 
Report of the discovery of the remains of Avshalom Feinberg in the Sinai desert, accompanied by photographs
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November 15 1967
Deposited in the Israel State Archives by the late Shlomo Ben-Elkanah
Research on the subject of Avshalom Feinberg's place of burial Avshalom Feinberg was a member of Nili, an early pro-British underground organization. His disappearance towards the end of the First World War was one of the great mysteries in the chronicles of the Jewish community in pre-State Palestine. It is known that Feinberg, accompanied by Yosef Lishansky, set out in the direction of Al-Arish from the settlement of Ekron on January 13, 1917. Their objective was to make contact with the British forces who had already reached the southern part of the country. When the two reached the area of Rafah, they were attacked by a Bedouin gang. In the brief shootout that ensued, Feinberg provided cover for Lishansky, who managed to escape, but Feinberg himself was killed in the incident, and buried in the sand without a trace. Notwithstanding serious efforts to find the body, including attempts on the part of the British authorities, the place of burial was not found. The mystery of Feinberg's disappearance remained unsolved for fifty years, until retired Police Major Shlomo Ben-Elkanah began questioning the Bedouin in the Rafah area and gathering information on the episode. On October 29, 1967, with the approval of the IDF commanding officer in the region, Colonel Mordechai Gur, Ben-Elkanah began digging in a spot which had been pointed to by the local Bedouin, where a wild palm tree was growing. A man's skeleton was unearthed the next day, tangled in the roots of the palm that had evidently sprouted from date pits which the deceased had kept in his pocket. After a series of tests at the National Institute of Forensic Medicine at Abu Kabir in Tel Aviv, it was determined beyond a doubt that the skeleton did in fact belong to the late Avshalom Feinberg, the missing Nili hero. On November 29, 1967, his remains were brought to the Mount Herzl cemetery in Jerusalem for a state burial.
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National State Archives, תת-7/8
 
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