Yehoshua Salome


Yehoshua Salome

Yehoshua Salome was born on May 23, 1957 in Denmark. He attended elementary school and high school in his home country, where he was a member of the Bnei Akiva movement. and learned Hebrew. In his parent's home, Yehoshua absorbed a broad humanistic education, knowledge of many languages, love of books, interest in mathematics, and especially love of classical music.

In 1976 he immigrated to Israel and spent a year training in Kibbutz Lavie in the Galilee. In 1977 he joined the hesder yeshiva in Kiryat Arba. He became a official new immigrant in Israel and joined the IDF as part of the hesder yeshiva.

In January 1979 he began his service as a paratrooper in the Nahal unit of the Israel Defense Forces. His friends and teachers at the yeshiva said that he "loved the Torah and the Land of Israel, and found a special interest in the repatriation of Hebron and planned to build his home there."

On the 13th of Shvat 5740 (January 31, 1980), Yehoshua was travelling in the casbah (market) of Hebron. An Arab terrorist approached him and shot him. He was laid to rest on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem. His friends at the yeshiva set up a memorial for him at the place where he fell, but the monument has been frequently vandalized.

The commander of his unit wrote in a letter of condolence to his family: "We were horrified by the murder of Yehoshua, who came to Israel in order to fulfill his duty to the homeland and was murdered in a criminal manner."

The nearby community of Beit Haggai was named in his honor as well as two other students who were also murdered in Hebron during the course of the year 1980, 

(This article is part of the Yizkor memorial project of the Ministry of Defense)
Israel Defense Forces stationed in Hebron, cleaned up a monument in memory of a Jewish student who was murdered in Hebron in 1980. The monument is situated in the Casbah, an area of shops and cafe that’s off-limits to Israeli civilians. Although located in Area H2 of Hebron, under Israeli jurisdiction, access is limited. After cleaning up the monument, which had been defaced by locals, the soldiers lit a memorial candle.

There are many houses and property inside the Casbah which belonged to the Sephardic Jewish community's “Magen Avot” organization and to Chabad-Lubavitch dating back to the 1800s. The army arranges a guided tour of the area every Saturday.

During a Passover tour, participants were shocked to see the monument of Yehoshua Salome desecrated with black spray paint.