WHAT PEOPLE SAID ABOUT Naomi Shemer
Jeremy Chernikoff
During 1967’s Six-Day War, Shemer’s Yerushalayim Shel Zahav (Jerusalem of Gold), sometimes known as “Israel’s second national anthem”, became a motivational battle cry for Israeli troops. Israel’s surprising victory and recapturing of the Old City of Jerusalem was a pivotal point in world history, and the importance of Ms. Shemer’s song was evident when it was sung by paratroopers as they became the first Jews in a generation to stand before the holiest site in Judaism – the Western Wall.