24 May A meaningful Jerusalem Day for a Bnei Menashe
Avi Hangshing made aliyah from India in 2000 with other members of the Bnei Menashe, fulfilling a lifelong dream. But he never imagined he’d find himself taking a selfie with a member of the Israeli Knesset.
Hangshing, 32, was serving in reserve duty on Yom Yerushalayim – Jerusalem Day – this week at Ammunition Hill, the site of a decisive battle in the 1967 Six-Day War. Several Knesset members were in attendance including Oren Hazan of the Likud. Hangshing took the opportunity and asked for a photo. Hazan was only too willing – he’d done the same thing the day before with U.S. President Donald Trump.
The selfie was fun, but more emotional for Hangshing was the significance of the IDF unit in which he is serving.
“Unit 55 was the unit that fought and captured Jerusalem during the Six-Day War,” Hangshing explained. “Not only that, but my specific squad captured Ammunition Hill. We heard some amazing stories from one of our unit’s veteran squad leaders during a special ceremony.”
Hangshing is proud to be serving his country as a soldier and we at Shavei Israel are proud of him for making the long journey from Manipur to join – and protect – the Jewish people in its Land.
Hangshing doesn’t take his responsibilities lightly. “For everyone in our unit, Jerusalem Day is particularly special,” he says.