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Beersheba

Centenary of the Battle of Beersheba and the Sinai–Palestine Campaign

Be'er Sheva, Israel

Commonwealth War Cemetery, Be'er Sheva Israel Centenery of the Battle of Beersheba.

*** Due to high demand, registrations have met the safe site capacity. You can still register to be placed on a waitlist. ***

Snapshot
Service: Centenary of the Battle of Beersheba and the Sinai–Palestine Campaign
Date: Tuesday, 31 October 2017
Time:

9.00 am Joint Australian and New Zealand Commemorative Service (Commonwealth War Graves Commission Beersheba War Cemetery)

4.30 pm Battle of Beersheba Centenary Service (Park of the Australian Soldier)

Seating style: Varied - limited grandstands will be available with bucket-style seats and grassed area with no seats
Venue: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Beersheba War Cemetery and Park of the Australian Soldier, Be'er Sheva, Israel
Weather: Hot to very hot
Attendance passes: Required - Register for the waitlist here
Visa requirements:

Australian passport holders – No

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Security: Airport-style screening
Important notes:

Australian Government led events

A joint Australian and New Zealand Commemorative Service will be held at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Beersheba War Cemetery at 9:00 am. The Cemetery will open at 5.00 am and security screening will commence from this time. All attendance pass holders must clear security screening processes by 8.30 am to be able to attend this Service.

A Memorial Service will also be held at the Park of the Australian Soldier at 4.30 pm. The Park will open at 2.00 pm and security screening will commence from this time. It is recommended that attendance pass holders clear security screening processes by 4.00 pm. Please note that seating in the actual commemorative area will be restricted. Attendees will be able to view the service on screens in the Park. Immediately following the Memorial Service, at the Park of the Australian Soldier, a Gala BBQ will be held, organised by the Pratt Foundation.

Attendance pass holders gain entry free of charge to the joint Australian and New Zealand Commemorative Service, the Australian National Service, and the Pratt Foundation Gala BBQ.

Other events

The Australian Government is aware that the municipality of Be’er Sheva and other organisations are planning a number of events in the city of Be’er Sheva to coincide with the centenary. These include a civic parade, a re-enactment of the charge of the Light Horse and a Turkish memorial service. These events are not being organised or conducted by the Australian or New Zealand Governments. Attendance pass holders should note that attendance at these and any other non-Australian Government led events on 31 October will be at the discretion of the event organiser of these events.

A re-enactment of the charge of the Light Horse is anticipated to be held at 2.15 pm at the Be’er Sheva Riverside Park by the Australian Light Horse Association. For further information please refer to here.

New Zealand led events

In addition to the events identified above, a New Zealand National Service may be conducted at 2.00 pm (timing to be confirmed) at Tel el Saba by the New Zealand Government. For further information please refer here.

Allocation of Attendance Passes:

The allocation of attendance passes via the registration system is on a first-in basis and demand for attendance at the services has been higher than the safe capacity. Due to the high demand anyone now wishing to register will have their names added to the waitlist. Those on the waitlist will be contacted if further attendance passes become available and they will be offered to waitlisted visitors sequentially based on their date of registration.

Weather Protection at Beersheba

As there is limited shade in the Beersheba War Cemetery, attendance pass holders should be prepared for hot weather and have sun protection for the whole day. Attendance pass holders should bring with them a wide brim hat, sunscreen and sunglasses. Shade-umbrellas are not permitted.

Plan ahead and arrive on time at the commemorations

Attendance pass holders should leave plenty of time to arrive at the site if travelling by road. Traffic in Israel moves very slowly during peak time on major aterial roads. Long delays can be expected.

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Getting to Be’er Sheva

Be’er Sheva is a city on the edge of the Negev Desert in southern Israel and is approximately 80 km south-west of Jerusalem and 100 km south of Tel Aviv.

Public transport is available from both major cities. Trains run from Tel Aviv to Be’er Sheva. It is highly recommended that you refer to the Smart traveller website for the latest updates on public transport in these area.

Accessible Seating - Beersheba

At the Beersheba commemorations in Israel in October 2017, limited accessible seating support is available at the Joint Australian and New Zealand Commemorative Service (Beersheba War Cemetery) and at the Park of the Australian Soldier Memorial Service (Park of the Australian Soldier). Please note that indicating a request for accessible seating on your registration for an attendance pass does not automatically result in provision of this support. Support is provided on a ‘most at need’ basis and assistance cannot be guaranteed as capacity is limited. Visitors with an accessibility requirement should identify themselves to a staff member on arrival at the coach set-down point at these sites and register for accessibility seating support.

Accessible Seating support for successful applicants includes:

  • Designated accessible seating area for the applicant and one carer (the carer must have their own valid attendance pass). There is capacity for wheelchairs in this area, however, wheelchairs are not supplied.
  • Accessible toilet access.
  • Please note that you will still need to walk/transit approximately 300 meters from the entry point to the accessible seating stand.

Accessible seating support does not include one-on-one carers, mobility aids or other supports. If this assistance is required, please ensure you bring it with you.

You should consult with your doctor regarding the conditions you are likely to experience on site to ensure you can safely travel to Israel.

Further reading

Visitors wishing to locate a particular grave or name on a memorial to the missing should consult the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website to identify the exact location of the grave or name on a memorial to the missing prior to travelling overseas. Limited assistance may be available on the day.

Contact Information

In Australia

Department of Veterans’ Affairs
Telephone: 1300 364 002
Email: overseascommemorations@dva.gov.au
Facebook: DVA Aus / Anzac Centenary
Twitter: @DVAAus

For Consular Assistance in Israel

Telephone: +972 3 6935 000
Email: telaviv.embassy@dfat.gov.au
Have you registered on Smart traveller? Visit Smart traveller for the latest travel advice.

Emergency helpline

Consular Emergency Centre 24 Hour Phone Service:
Telephone: 1300 555 135 within Australia (local call cost) or
Telephone: +61 2 6261 3305 from outside Australia

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