Kids! Support the IDF with a Donation! 1967
Despite the IDF's victory, the war effort had been expensive. In addition to government funding and fundraising in the Diaspora, the Israeli government attempted to raise funds from the Israeli people themselves. This letter is one example of this fundraising attempt.
The letter encourages children to donate funds to the army and to feel they have played their part in helped to secure the future of the country. The letter was organised by the Be'Hitnadev Am (Volunteering for the People) organisation. Children were encouraged to buy a certificate at any bank, and the proceeds would then be donated to the IDF to assist its ongoing effort to maintain security.
Teachers of Jewish History can use this source as an interesting angle on the Six Day War. It can be used as part of a wider project about the state of Israeli society after the Six Day War. This document also demonstrates the role children played in life in Israel at the time.
Teacher of Civics can use the source when teaching about the responsibility of governments and citizens, children included, for a country and its security. Also, a discussion could be held about what the government should be responsible and what citizens? Specifically the class can discuss the justification of asking children to contribute to causes such as these.
Finally ,this poster can lead to a conversation about civic duty, volunteering and philanthropy.
Six Day War, CAMERA – Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America
Personal recollections from those within Israel, Sixdaywar.co.uk
What is this resource?
Describe the picture.
What are the children holding?
How are the children dressed?
Who was the letter directed at?
When was it published?
What was the letter asking for?
Reading Between the Lines
Why are the children holding a tank?
What message does the image convey?
What are the children promised in return for their money?
What was the currency in Israel at that time?
What do you think was the role of the "Public Office for Ongoing Security"?
Why did the government need the money?
Do you think it is right for governments to ask children for money?
Explain your answer.
To which causes have you donated money?
Why did you choose those causes?
What values does donating money teach young people?
Do you agree with those values? Explain your answer.
If the Israeli government decided to ask children for money today, how do you think they would do it?
Design a similar advertisement encouraging children to contribute money to the or another cause.
To the Children of Israel!
You are happily beginning your summer holiday. This happiness is multiplied thanks to the victory of the Israeli Army. But during your holiday, the IDF will be ready and on alert. You are being given the chance to participate in the security effort.
Each one of you in your holiday can buy a security certificate for the sum of 20 Lira and this will be a donation to our security and your appreciation for our army's achievements.
You can buy the security certificate at all banks in Israel.
Your parents will guide and support your efforts.
Public Office for Ongoing Security
"Volunteering for the People"
Immediate Purchase of a Security Certificate at the Cost of 20 Lira
Available at all banks.
The sooner the better.