Birth of Israel

'We have to solve our problems' says Israeli president Rivlin

By Simon Rocker, April 22, 2015

Israeli president Reuven Rivlin said he could not live in a Jewish state if it were not democratic ahead of his first Independence Day as head of state.

In an interview with English-speaking media, he said: “I cannot live in a Jewish state without it being democratic."

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Why I'm sure that Charles will be a King for the Jews

By Sandy Rashty, February 5, 2015

Princes have visited Israel in a personal capacity and UK prime ministers have made state visits. But a British monarch has never made an official visit to Israel. Yet according to the author of a new book on Prince Charles, the future King of England could be the first to do so - in what would be a seismic event in terms of the Royal Family's relations with Israel.

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Avraham Stern's violent life and death

By Jenni Frazer, April 25, 2014

Most people with a passing knowledge of the history of the dying days of the British Mandate in Palestine will have heard of the Stern Gang, or Stern Group as it became more formally known.

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Series of events will mark exodus of Jews from Arab countries

By Simon Rocker, December 6, 2013

Plans have been announced for a week-long series of events next year to mark the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Jews from Arab countries during the 20th century.

The centre-piece will be a commemorative international day, on February 17.

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Watch: Balfour 1925 pre-state Israel visit

November 8, 2013
Rare footage of Lord Balfour’s 1925 visit to pre-state Israel released in several parts on YouTube for the first time.

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Balfour's visit to pre-state Israel seen for first time

By Daniel Easterman, November 7, 2013

Rare footage of Lord Balfour’s 1925 visit to pre-state Israel has been officially released for the first time.

Israeli film researcher, Yaakov Gross, discovered the clips in his collection, and made them public to celebrate the 96th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, which recognised Palestine as the national home of the Jewish people.

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Israeli? There’s no such nationality

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 11, 2013

Israel’s Supreme Court has rejected a petition by a group of Israelis who requested that their nationality clause in the national population records be changed from “Jewish” to “Israeli.”

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When history is in a sorry state

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 8, 2013

On June 25, Dr James Renton, a history lecturer, delivered a lecture at the School of Oriental and African Studies on the subject of the Balfour Declaration. Hosted by Jews for Justice for Palestinians, Renton addressed the question "Should Britain apologise for the Balfour Declaration?" He clearly believes the answer is in the affirmative.

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Zionist history's murder mystery

By Colin Shindler, June 16, 2013

Eighty years ago this coming Sunday, Haim Arlosoroff was gunned down during a Friday-night walk with his wife on the Tel Aviv beach. He was 34 and a rising star in the Zionist firmament. He was a respected political thinker - in the words of his biographer, Shlomo Avineri: "the critical student of Marx, Kropotkin and Nietzsche, a product of Russian populism and German Romanticism".

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Closer to Israel 2013

By Jennifer Lipman, June 3, 2013

Footage from the Closer to Israel parade on June 2 2013, which finished in Trafalgar Square. Thousands of supporters gathered at the event, held to mark the Jewish state's 65th birthday.

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