Israel’s First female Paratrooper, Yocheved Kashi, dies at 93

Israel’s First female Paratrooper, Yocheved Kashi, dies at 93

Yocheved Kashi was the first female paratrooper in the history of the Israel Defense Forces who is regarded as an example and model of groundbreaking pioneering in military history.

Israel’s First female Paratrooper Yocheved Kashi dies

Yocheved Kashi, the first female paratrooper in the history of the Israel Defense Forces, passed away on Thursday at the age of 93. First female IDF paratrooper, she was. In Paris, France, where she had resided with her husband, her funeral is scheduled for this coming Friday. Kashi joined the IDF Women’s Corps in May 1948 and worked as a lieutenant colonel and a teacher.

She successfully finished the officers’ training in 1950 and was afterward assigned to the parachuting school and Tel Nof Airbase. She was in charge of the parachute folding unit there. When she had achieved the necessary 12 successful jumps, she received the paratrooper wings badge and became the IDF’s first female paratrooper. In 1952, Kashi received an honorable discharge from the military with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Exploration into Yocheved Kashi’s Age, Family history, and formative years

Iran’s Mashhad is the place of Yocheved Kashi’s birth. She had 93 years on earth. Before she was born, her parents moved to the city of Mashhad after arriving in Iran from Russian Central Asia. The family moved to Tel Aviv when Kashi was 3 years old after emigrating from Israel.

Yocheved Kashi Dies

She was the older sister of the singer Aliza Kashi, and when her husband passed away in 2020, she last resided in a nursing home in Normandy.

Yocheved Kashi Career explored

She was the first woman paratrooper in the Israeli Defense Forces, leading the Parachute Folding Unit.

Early Career

Kashi joined the IDF Women’s Corps in May 1948 and worked as a lieutenant colonel and a teacher. She successfully finished the officers’ training in 1950 and was afterward assigned to the parachuting school and Tel Nof Airbase. She was in charge of the parachute folding unit there.

Paratrooper Career

Kashi attempted to enroll in skydiving training but was denied due to her gender. Col. Susana Werner, the commander of the IDF Women’s Corps at the time, refused to approve her request on the grounds that being a paratrooper was only a job for men. According to the doctors at the Paratroopers Brigade, skydiving could harm a woman’s body and make it impossible for her to conceive successfully in the future.

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Kashi persisted and eventually succeeded in persuading Yehuda Harari, the founder, and leader of the parachuting school, to admit her with the aid of examples of paratroopers from other nations. Kashi kept practicing jumps because she wanted to be a paratrooper. When she had achieved the necessary 12 successful jumps, she received the paratrooper wings badge and became the IDF’s first female paratrooper. In 1952, Kashi received an honorable discharge from the military with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Her career after the army

Since being released from service in 1952, she and her husband relocated to France where Yocheved eventually taught plastic arts at a university in Paris after being awarded a scholarship to study there in 1956.

Information regarding Yocheved Kashi Children and a married life

She married painter Zvi Milstein after she was discharged from the army and she later moved to France and live with him. They both share a son name URI who is a well-known movie producer.

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