Noam Schwartz signs 3-year-deal

The 17-year-old signed a three-year deal at the club with an option to extend
Noam Schwartz (17) Macccabi Tel Aviv ‘Shahar’ defender signed a three-year-deal at the Club with an option to extend. In his first season at U19 level, Schwartz, made 17 appearances in all competitions. At international level, Schwartz featured for Israel’s U17’s scoring 1 goal in 7 appearances. 
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Daniel Tishler signed a 3-year-deal at Maccabi

The 17-year-old defender signed a three-year-deal at the club with an option to extend by a further season

Daniel Tishler, the Maccabi Tel Aviv ‘Shahar’ defender, signed a three-year-deal at the club with an option to extend by a further season. In his first season with Maccabi’s Under 19’s, Tishler, scored 2 goals in 23 appearances.
At international level Tishler made 3 appearances for Israel’s U17’s and as he holds a Czech citizenship, he also made 9 appearances for the Czech Republic’s U17’s and U18’s.

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A story of courage and bravery: Oz Tzemach remembered

Staff-sergeant Oz Tzemach was killed in the Second Lebanon War of 2006 when despite orders from to seek shelter, he led his tank and its crew in the face of enemy fire and rescued comrades. This is his story

Oz Tzemach was a tank commander in the Second Lebanon War and he and his crew were killed in action on August 12, 2006 when they sustained a direct hit from an anti-tank missile as they sought to rescue comrades under enemy fire in broad daylight.

Oz and his three crew members were killed instantly in their final mission and they showed exemplary courage as they sought to help others for which they were all decorated posthumously.

Maccabi Tel Aviv has commemorated Oz’s memory and has named its Boys C South team in his honour, it is known as Maccabi Tel Aviv “Oz.” Until his enlistment for military service, Oz played basketball for Maccabi Reut, whose colours are also yellow and blue. He and his family have long been followers of Maccabi Tel Aviv. 

This is the story of the Oz Crew as recounted on the web site to his memory, http://www.oztzemach.co.il/Oz-Crew-English.html

Shalom and welcome to the Oz Crew memorial site here in Kibbutz Ma’ayan Baruch.

The crewmen of tank 3 Bet, later known as Oz Crew, fought in the Second Lebanon War. They were part of Company Gimmel of Battalion 53 that is part of the 188 Barak Brigade.

The tank commander was Oz Tzemach from Reut, the gunner was Yinon Yigal Nisan from Ma’aleh Adumim, the driver was Dan Broyer from Bet Hilel and the loader–radioman was Haran Lev from Ma’ayan Baruch, where this monument has been established.

On the morning of July 12th 2006, the Hezbollah terror organization launched a bombardment of Katushya rocket fire over the northern communities in Israel and IDF outposts along the Lebanese border with Israel. Under the cover of this assault, Hezbollah attacked an IDF patrol moving along the border fence, killing three soldiers and kidnapping two others.

Following these events, the Government of Israel declared war against the Hezbollah that was later referred to as the Second Lebanon War. In the first stages of the war, the IDF attacked various enemy targets all over Lebanon using only air force and artillery units. Nevertheless, the Hezbollah continued firing rockets and missiles against civilian targets across northern Israel. 

The next stage of fighting involved the gradual use of both regular and reserve IDF ground forces that penetrated into south Lebanon.

Battalion 53 was at that time deployed in the area of Maccabim and it began preparing to enter the fray.

On August 6, Company Gimmel received its first mission, to make contact with Battalion 75 of the 7th brigade in order to defend a logistics route. In the following days, the company was positioned in a fortified outpost near the village of Ainata in the vicinity of Bint Jbeil.

From this outpost, the company carried out various actions, including opening routes, conducting ambushes, patrolling the area and performing complex evacuation missions. There was also success in striking many terrorists.

On Saturday, August 12, the battalion was ordered to advance to Shekif A-Nimmel ridge to provide cover to the advancing Golani infantry brigade who were closing in on the town of Tibnin.

The battalion, located in Ainata, began moving at 16:00 hours with Company Aleph leading and Company Gimmel following. The rest of the battalion was behind them.

Maneuvering was difficult along the hilly terrain and with no alternative route. Just before nightfall, a heavy bombardment of anti tank missiles rained over Company Gimmel from the direction of the village of Kunin. The company commander gave the order to advance and seek cover and it was then that a missile hit tank 3 Aleph that was moving in front of tank 3 Bet, the Oz Crew tank.

The tank’s firing mechanism was damaged and was inoperable. The tank commander suffered wounds and was incapacitated. The company commander then gave the order to retreat but just then his own tank overturned which also put it out of action. The battalion commander and the commander of platoon 3 who were in the region rushed to help. 

The loader in tank 3 Aleph, which had been hit, replaced the injured commander and took command of the tank but he struggled to move the tank backwards. Oz Tzemach, the commander of tank 3 Bet, observed the tank in difficulty and remained to assist the commander by providing cover with live fire.

Oz Crew found a sheltered position along the slope thereby giving tank 3 Aleph the possibility to pass. As tank 3 Aleph passed tank 3 Bet, it stopped briefly to receive instructions from Oz.

Tank 3 Aleph continued moving backwards, while tank 3 Bet continued to cover its movement with heavy fire.

Over the radio, the voice of Oz Tzemach was heard delivering his last message: “Commander, this is 3 Bet, last one moving.”

A while later, the deputy company commander left the fortified outpost at Ainata together with a crew of engineers and a D9 bulldozer to rescue the company commander’s damaged tank. On their way, the bulldozer operator informed that a tank was on fire. When the deputy battalion company commander and his men arrived at the site, they found that tank 3 Bet had been hit and that the entire crew had been killed.

Company Gimmel continued its withdrawal and the four me of Oz Crew were taken for burial.

Two days later, on Monday August 14, a ceasefire was declared and the IDF began a gradual withdrawal from Lebanon. The company continued to operate in Lebanon until the final retreat on October 1. 

The Oz Crew, who managed to save the lives of others, all received posthumous decorations for bravery from OC Northern Command and their citation award reads:

“This decoration is given for commitment, fighting spirit, personal example, professionalism, camaraderie and fearlessness.”

The Second Lebanon War lasted for 34 days and cost the lives of 121 Israeli soldiers.

May all their memories be blessed.

 

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The doctor who helped capture Adolf Eichmann

Ahead of the Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Maccabi Tel Aviv Academy hosted Dr. Danny Elian, who told the academy players the fascinating story about the involvement of his late father Dr. Yonah Elian in the capture of the Nazi criminal and one of the major organizers of the Holocaust Adolf Eichmann

The Maccabi Tel Aviv Academy hosted today (Tuesday) on the Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day, doctor Danny Elian who told the Club’s Under 16’s and Under 15’s about his father’s involvement in the operation to capture the Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann in Argentina and bring him to Israel for trial.

Yonah Elian was an Israeli anesthesiologist in the 50’s and 60’s and a Holocaust survivor. Despite being a civilian anesthesiologist, Elian took part in various undercover Mossad operations. Born in Romania in 1929, Elian who survived the Holocaust made Aliya and began working as an Anesthesiologist at Tel Hashomer hospital. Elian was recruited to the Mossad and in addition to his regular work, participated in various undercover operations until the late 60’s. He is best known for sedating Adolf Eichmann during the Mossad legendary operation to capture and repatriate the Nazi criminal in Buenos Aires in 1960 before he was smuggled onto a plane back to Israel to stand trial.

“Many times, I asked him, ‘Dad, why won’t you talk about this? What’s so secret?” Danny Elian, told the players as his father’s tale, and the secret he kept, only came to light in recent years.

Dubbed an “architect” of the Holocaust, Eichmann oversaw the deportation of Jews to their deaths. He escaped to Argentina after the war before he was tracked down by Mossad agents in 1960, captured Eichmann, held him in a safe house, then dressed him in an Israeli flight crew uniform and sneaked him past Argentinian airport authorities onto a plane headed back to Israel.

Elian senior, injected just the right dose of sedative to pass Eichmann off to Buenos Aires airport authorities as a sick crew member. Eichmann was brought to Jerusalem for a trial that was broadcast around the world, with more than 100 Holocaust survivors taking the witness stand. He was sentenced to death by hanging in December 1961. At age 56, Eichmann was hanged in June 1962.

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Their words, our commemoration

In a special project for this Holocaust Remembrance Day, players Ofir Davidzada, Idan Nachmias, Ido Shahar and Matan Baltaxa read texts that were written by Holocaust victims before they were murdered by the Nazis

Special project ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day 2024: Several first team players including Ofir Davidzada, Idan Nachmias, Ido Shahar and Matan Baltaxa , joined together in a remembrance project called “Their words, our commemoration” in which they read passages of text written by Jewish victims of the Holocaust who were murdered by the Nazis.

Ofir Davidzada reads part of the Exodus poem written by Benjamin Fondane after. He was arrested with his sister in March 1944 as the two siblings were deported to the Drancy camp. Despite having an option to be released, Fondane refused to be separated from his sister and was sent to Auschwitz – Birkenau where they were both murdered.


Idan Nachmias read from a farewell letter written by Srul Shaya Kalezyk that was found in the ruins of the Warsaw Ghetto in 1965.


Ido Shahar recited a passage from the diary of 16-year-old Yitskhok Rudashevski from Vilnius. Between June 1941 and April 1943, Rudashevski detailed the hardship of life in the Vilnius ghetto. He was shot dead in the Ponary massacre during the liquidation of the ghetto in September–October 1943

 

Matan Baltaxa reads from Aharon Livrent’s final letter he wrote his daughter Bret and son Simon from a carriage of one of transport trains to France.

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Ido Oli signs 3-year-deal

The 18-year-old forward signed at the club until the end of the 2026/27 season with an option to extend

Ido Oli (18) signed a new three-year-deal with an option as the forward who has been playing for the first season with Maccabi’s U19’s, scored 9 goals in 27 appearances this season. Oli represented the young Israel national sides at U17’s and U19’s level for which he scored 3 goals in 19 appearances.

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Ori Azo signs 3-year-deal

The 18-year-old forward signed at the club until the end of the 2026/27 season with an option to extend

Ori Azo (18) signed a new three-year-deal with an option as the forward who has been playing for the second season with Maccabi’s U19’s, scored 6 goals in 25 appearances this season. Azo represented the young Israel national sides at U15’s, U17’s and U19’s level for which he scored 1 goal in 14 appearances.

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Amit Kredi signed a 3-year-deal

The 17-year-old signed a three-year-deal until the of the 2026/27 season with an option extend by a further year

Amit Kredi (17) who featured 16 times this season in all competitions for Maccabi Tel Aviv ‘Shahar’ U19’s team at left back signed a three-year-deal.Kredi represented Israel’s young national sides at U16’s and U17’s levels on 13 international matches.   

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Adir Cordoba signed a new contract

The 20-year-old defender signed a new contract at Maccabi until the end of the 2025/26 season with an option to extend by a further season

Adir Cordoba, who plays as a central defender for the U-19’s Youth Team will continue at Maccabi Tel Aviv after signing a new contract until the end of the 2025/26 season. Cordoba featured 17 times this season in all competitions for Maccabi Tel Aviv ‘Shahar’. He has been a member of the young Israel national teams since the age of 16 and has a total of 11 appearances for the U16’s, U18’s and U19’s.After signing his new contract, Cordoba, told the club’s official website: “I am delighted to have signed my new professional contract and grateful for the Club in the faith shown in me. This is my 12th season at Maccabi and I know there is plenty of work to be done in order to develop and repay this trust.”

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Amit Zur signs new contract

The 19-year-old forward signed a new contract until the end of the 2025/26 season with an option to extend by a further year

Amit Tzur, who plays as a winger for the Under 19’s Youth Team will continue at Maccabi after signing a new contract until the end pf the 2025/26 season. So far this season, Tzur, scored two goals for Maccabi in 14 appearances in all competitions.After signing his contract, Tzur, told the club’s official website: “As a player who joined the Youth Academy at the age of eight, I am fulfilling a dream by signing a professional contract at Maccabi. Now I must keep on working hard in order to continue my development at the club.”

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