Ambassadors and military chiefs have paid their respects to a non-Jewish soldier from South London who set up Israel’s first paratrooper regiment, as he was laid to rest at a church in Norfolk on Monday.

Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev and former Chief of the General Staff Lord Richard Dannatt made their way to St Andrews Church in South Lopham for the funeral of Tom Derek Bowden, who passed away earlier this month aged 98.

Bowden was described as “a hero of Israel” who lived “an extraordinary life,” which included fighting for Britain in the Second World War and getting injured in a cavalry charge in Syria alongside Moshe Dayan, Israel’s future military leader, who lost an eye in the same battle.

Despite not being Jewish or religious, Bowden went to fight for the new State of Israel in the 1948 War of Independence as one of 5,000 foreign fighters known by the Hebrew acronym ‘Machal.’ He later commanded Israel’s first paratrooper regiment and wrote the IDF’s first operations manual.

Read more at Jewish News

Related Articles:

US Presbyterian Church turns hostile against Israel

In a shocking move by a church denomination in the 21st century, the US Presbyterian Church movement has succumb to pressure from antisemites and passed a series of hostile anti-Zionist...

Unilever cancels Ben & Jerry’s Israel boycott and rejects BDS

It looks like ice cream is back on the menu for Israelis after it was announced this week that Ben & Jerry’s will no longer boycott Israel. Unilever, the parent company of...

Israel stopped foreign hackers from sabotaging US power plants

The deputy chief of IDF Unit 8200, “Col. U.,” on Wednesday said that his intelligence agency warned the United States of attempts to hack the country's power plants in time...

Israelis wounded after Palestinian terrorist opens fire at Jewish holy site

Two Jewish worshippers and an IDF officer were wounded after a Palestinian gunmen opened fire at Israeli troops guarding worshipers at Joseph's Tomb on Thursday.Hundreds of Jewish...

Yair Lapid officially becomes Prime Minister of Israel taking reigns from Naftali Bennett

Yair Lapid has become Israel's 14th prime minister taking the reigns from Naftali Bennett. Lapid will lead the interim government until a new coalition is formed following...