NAME: Kamara, Aharon

LEHI ALIAS: Yehuda

DATE OF BIRTH: 1929

DATE OF DEATH: June 6, 2015

Aharon was born in Jerusalem in 1929 to Avraham and Simcha.

At age nine, he encountered a demonstration against the White Paper, and he saw how cruelly the British responded. A lot of blood was spilled there. This made a big impression on him and made him ask questions. He reached the decision that the British had to be expelled from the Land of Israel.

In 1942, his house was searched by the British, and his older brother Yaakov was taken away and held without trial. This increased Aharon’s motivation, and in 1944, he joined Lehi. At first, he put up posters, and then he moved on to the operations unit. He was involved in most of Lehi’s bombings throughout Jerusalem. In 1947, the British began following him, and they arrested him and sent him to Latrun for a year.

In 1948, he joined the Palmach, the Yiftach Brigade’s Battalion 1. He was active in Operation Danny, the capture of Ramleh and Lod. He fought in Beit Affa, on the way to Fort Yoav, during which his leg was injured. He was hospitalized, but he ran away and returned to his battalion. He fought to open a road to the Negev, all the way to the Gaza border. In these battles, he was a platoon commander.

In 1950, he finished his service and he returned to Jerusalem. He took an officers’ training course, and in 1954, the IDF asked him to serve in a permanent capacity, so he could deal with the fedayeen raids. Aharon was attached to the 30th patrol unit, which was mainly an antiterror unit. In 1956, he was the commander on Mt. Scopus, but he was urgently called to join the paratroopers. He fought in the Sinai War, capturing Kuntilleh, Thamada and the Mitla Pass. In 1957, he finished a battalion commanders’ course in the Armored Corps, and he was then discharged. In 1958, he became the commander of the Jerusalem tank unit (in the reserves), which was meant to protect the capital.

In civil life, Aharon became a driving instructor, and he opened a driving school, Ramzor (Traffic Light).

In 1967, during the Six-Day War, he fought in Jerusalem, leading the 182nd tank unit. His tanks broke through the Legionnaires’ lines and assisted the 16th Brigade, the paratroopers who fought there.

From 1971 to 1983, he was the director of the municipal inspector’s division in the Municipality of Jerusalem. In 1973, during the Yom Kippur War, he led a tank battalion at the Suez Canal — Port Ibrahim, Ein Musa and Jebel Obaideh. He reached the 101-kilometer mark from Cairo.

In 1982, he was the deputy commander of the 401st Brigade in the First Lebanon War. He was among those who captured the waterway, reaching Hezbia and Reshayeh, approaching the Syrian border. In 1986, he was discharged from the reserves at the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Aharon lives in Jerusalem. He married Ruth Ben-Moshe, and they had three sons: Aviad, Dan and Ahiya. He teaches driving and has been recognized as a worthy citizen of Jerusalem.

 

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