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Kalaniyot (Hebrew: "anemones") is an Israeli song that became popular in the days leading up to the establishment of the State of Israel and has remained an Israeli classic.

The lyrics, by Nathan Alterman, describe a little girl who dreams she is gathering anemones in a basket and brings them to her mother. The music, by Israeli composer Moshe Vilensky, became one of his most famous melodies.

The song was used as a code during the British Mandate to alert fighters of the Lehi and Etzel to the presence of British soldiers (their caps were of the color of the flower).

The song was sung by Shoshana Damari. It was sung to her by family and friends when she was on her death bed.[1][2]

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  1. ^ Assaf Carmel (14 February 2006). "Shoshana Damari, 'Queen of Israeli song,' dies at 83". Haaretz. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Naomi Grossman (14 February 2006). "Singer Shoshana Damari Passes Away". Arutz Sheva. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 

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