• Short Summary

    DEVELOPING COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD KNOW THAT YOUTH IS, PERHAPS, THE MOST PRECIOUS OF ALL RAW MATERIALS...

  • Description

    DEVELOPING COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD KNOW THAT YOUTH IS, PERHAPS, THE MOST PRECIOUS OF ALL RAW MATERIALS...AND IN THIS, ISRAEL IS NO EXCEPTION. NAHAL - THE INITIALS OF THE HEBREW WORDS WHICH STAND FOR PIONEER FIGHTING YOUTH - IS A MILITARY FORMATION WITHIN ISRAEL'S ARMY WHICH PLAYS A DYNAMIC PART IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE COUNTRY. NAHAL COMBINES MILITARY TRAINING WITH PREPARATION FOR LIFE IN THE AGRICULTURAL SETTLEMENT ON ISRAEL'S BORDERS.

    A VISNEWS CAMERAMAN RECENTLY VISITED ONE OF THESE SETTLEMENTS AT KORAZIM, JUST NORTH OF THE SEA OF GALILEE AND NOT FAR FROM THE SYRIAN BORDER. HE SAW YOUNG BOYS AND GIRLS CONSCRIPTED INTO ISRAEL'S DEFENCE FORCES WORKING ALONGSIDE ADULTS IN FIELDS CLOSE TO THE FRONTIER. THESE FARM WORKERS IN UNIFORM ARE ARMED WITH MORE THAN PLOUGHS AND TRACTORS - THEY KEEP WEAPONS BY THEM AT ALL TIMES, IN CASE ANOTHER BORDER SHOOTING INCIDENT SHOULD BREAK-OUT.

    AS IN OTHER CORPS OF ISRAEL'S DEFENCE FORCES GREAT EMPHASIS IS PUT ON PHYSICAL FITNESS. GIRLS AS WELL AS BOYS LEARN TO TACKLE ASSAULT COURSES, LEARN FIELDCRAFT, WEAPONS DRILL AND FIRING - ALL THE TECHNIQUES OF THE MODERN COMBAT SOLDIER. BUT IN THE 30 MONTHS THEY SPEND WITH NAHAL, ONLY 12 ARE DEVOTED TO BASIC MILITARY TRAINING - THE REST IS DEVOTED TO THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF AGRICULTURE.

    IN AGRICULTURAL TRAINING, THE YOUNGSTERS ARE PUT INTO GROUPS AND LEARN THEIR CRAFT FROM ALREADY ESTABLISHED SETTLEMENTS. THE ULTIMATE AIM IS THAT ONCE THEIR 30 MONTHS PERIOD OF SERVICE IS OVER, THEY'LL MOVE OFF TO FOUND A SETTLEMENT OF THEIR OWN IN SOME MORE BARREN PART OF ISRAEL. NAHAL HAS DONE MUCH TO ENSURE THAT ISRAEL HAS BECOME ALMOST SELF-SUFFICIENT IN FOOD PRODUCTION; WHEREAS A DECADE AGO THE COUNTRY SUFFERED DRASTIC FOOD SHORTAGES AND RATIONING.

    THE EXPERIMENT OF COMBING MILITARY SERVICE WITH TRAINING FOR THE LAND HAS PROVEN SUCCESSFUL. TODAY, THERE ARE A STRING OF FORTIFIED VILLAGES ALONG ISRAEL'S BORDERS AN DIN OTHER AREAS WHICH MIGHT HAVE REMAINED UNINHABITED. BUT THE PROCESS HAS BEEN TAKEN EVEN A STAGE FURTHER TO ENSURE THAT THE EXPERIMENT DOESN'T FAIL. APART FROM THE GENERAL FARMING TECHNIQUES LEARNED WHILE TRAINING FOR 30 MONTHS, THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE YOUNGSTERS OF BOTH SEXES TO INCREASE THEIR KNOWLEDGE BY ATTENDING SPECIAL COURSES FOR NAHAL AT ISRAEL'S AGRICULTURAL INSTITUTES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAARQCX9UHMNCVS05WHX7ACBL5O
    Media URN:
    VLVAARQCX9UHMNCVS05WHX7ACBL5O
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/02/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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