NAME: Sharabi, David

DATE OF BIRTH: October 26, 1929

DATE FALLEN: January 2, 1949

David was born in Yemen on October 26,1929 to Menahem and Simcha. Five years later, the family made aliyah and settled in Rehovot, where David studied in the Talmud Torah.

At age fourteen, David joined HaNoar HaOved, and he soon left for Kibbutz Yagur. When World War II ended, the Yishuv began fighting the British government’s White Paper. Kibbutz Yagur was besieged by British soldiers and police, who searched and for and discovered large arms caches belonging to the Hagana, and what were then considered a copious amount of weapons and ammunition were discovered and confiscated. The inhabitants opposed these searches and confronted the British; in one of these confrontations, David was wounded and detained in Latrun. He encountered members of the underground there, and they influenced him greatly.

When he was released, after spending a year in Yagur, David went back to the city. He started to work in a bakery to support his parents, by day. However, at night, he joined Lehi and its struggle to expel the British. When this struggle reached its conclusion, the War of Independence against the Arabs began — first the local inhabitants, and after the end of the Mandate, the seven foreign Arab armies who came to their aid.

David joined the IDF with the other Lehi members, and he was assigned to Company C of Battalion 82 in the 8th Brigade. David fought in every battle, almost until the end of the war.

David was good-natured. He loved singing and hiking.

His mother was often worried about the dangers he faced daily, and her constant refrain was, “God, save my son!” He would joke to allay her fears. Over and over he said, “Don’t worry, I won’t be dying anytime soon…”

However, his mother’s fears proved grimly prophetic. On the second day of the Battle of Auja el-Hafir (Nitzana), on December 27,1948 he was injured by enemy warplanes. He lingered for a week, then died of his injuries on January 2,1949.

He was first buried in Mishmar HaNegev, but on November 15,1949 he was re-interred in the military section of Nahalat Yitzhak Cemetery in Tel Aviv.

He left behind a wife.