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The secret weapons cache
The Sliq at Nahalal was one of the central underground weapons caches of the "Haganah" – predecessor of today's Israel Defense Forces (IDF) – during the British Mandate period. It was secretly dug and built by manual labor in 1943 under the camouflage of a cesspit for collecting cow urine [a primitive method used for crop fertilization] from the adjacent cowshed. The Sliq operated during the years 1943-1947. It was five meters deep and 25 square meters in total space. During "Black Sabbath" on June 29th 1946, when the British uncovered and destroyed another Sliq at Kibbutz Yagur, the entrance of the Sliq at Nahalal was sealed for fear of its discovery by the British. [This would have meant certain death by hanging for Yanni Avidov, the property owner, had he been implicated in any way.
After the outbreak of the War of Independence in 1948, the Sliq was reopened and its contents were shipped to the combat forces.

The Smuggling of Immigrants (Olim) to Eretz Yisrael
"Mysterious Ways" is the name of Yanni Avidov's book in which he describes his daring, perilous journeys and adventures in deserts, on land and by sea, while leading Jews to Eretz Yisrael. Yanni, a Mossad emissary for Aliya Bet (the 2nd Aliya), played a major role in the clandestine operations for bringing Jews from all corners of the world, particularly from North Africa, Algiers, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Greece and other countries.

The Smuggling of Date-Palm Saplings
In 1955 a boat entered the Haifa port – loaded with 75,000 date-palm saplings. On deck was Yanni Avidov, mastermind and executor of the operation. Yanni had realized the dream of Ben-Zion Yisraeli of Kvutzat Kinneret, by smuggling to Israel the finest species of Iraqi date-palms. This was the culmination of a daring, adventure-filled journey to Iraq and Iran. The varied species of dates brought to Israel contributed to the revival of the ancient date-growing tradition in Eretz Yisrael (the Land of Israel).

The Murder of Eitan Avidov
In 1947 Yanni's son Eitan Avidov was murdered by fellow Jews while in Europe, sent as an emissary to bring Holocaust survivors to Israel. Eitan, only 22 at his death, had served in the "Haganah" from the age of 16 and had dreamt of "bringing home" the Jewish survivors of World War II. Unfortunately his dream, like his life, was cut short by his killers. His father Yanni Avidov prevented acts of revenge and bloodshed, and brought his beloved son home to be buried in the Nahalal cemetery.
The SLIQ at Nahalal, Avidov Farm, Moshav Nahalal, 10600, ISRAEL ofer@avidov.org.il