On the fifteenth anniversary of the IDF’s withdrawal from Lebanon (May 24, 2000), Miriam presented an exhibition of works combining embroidery
With newspaper clippings, photographs and articles taken by Topline for Channel 2, the IDF’s withdrawal from Lebanon, and the struggle
The name of the exhibition was chosen because of the memories accompanying Miriam and her partner, Haim Hod,
Who took part in the rescue of SLA refugees after the IDF left Lebanon, helped them, and even hosted their family for more than two years
Massima of Basima, the children’s caregiver of the Hod family.
During the years she worked at Assima in the home of the Hod family, deep ties of friendship were established between Miriam and Basima and her family,
Lebanese Christians. Before the withdrawal from Lebanon, Bassima told Miriam about what was going on across the border. A daughter of a survivor family
It was clear to Miriam that she would do all in her power to assist them if necessary.
After long struggles and interviews in all the media, Hod received the approval of the then Prime Minister Ehud Barak to coordinate
I will find a list of SLA families interested in moving to Israel after the withdrawal.
On the day of the withdrawal, the Hod couple coordinated with Bassima a meeting place on the border, near the village of Ghajar, where they would enter the country
And her family, and Haim went to take them to Beit Shalom. In order not to attract attention, he traveled with the agricultural van and with a tractor
And a wagon to bring them. The operation succeeded.
For two years, Bassima and her family lived with the Hod family, with financial assistance and support from local businesses in the north. Continued
Bassima’s family moved to the Tel Hai hostel and when Bassima’s husband fell ill they decided to return to Lebanon
Let him die at his family home. This was his last wish – to die on Lebanese soil. Two of Basima’s sons are still
Live in Israel and are in close contact with Miriam Hod.
On the fifteenth anniversary of the IDF withdrawal from Lebanon
The exhibition took part in the opening of the poets’ festival
The annual “Beit Shalom” Art Gallery
Metula, June 2015.