Birth of Israel

Truman show’s real star

By Daniel Finkelstein, May 17, 2013

As ome of my best friends are Jews. It is a boast so thin and irrelevant that it has become an in-joke. So it was a surprise to discover, when reading the other day, that one of the most important and positive events in the modern history of the Jewish people took place because someone's best friend was Jewish. And I thought it was a story worth telling.

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Israeli independence 65 years ago today

By Anna Sheinman, May 14, 2013

Sixty five years ago today, on May 14 1948 at 4pm, a day before the British Mandate in Palestine was due to expire, a Jewish state was established in Israel.

David Ben-Gurion declared the establishment of the state of Israel at the Tel Aviv Museum and, the next day, the Israeli War of Independence began.

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British warned of 'bitterness' over handling of the Exodus ship

By Jennifer Lipman, April 26, 2013

The High Commissioner to Palestine warned officials in London that the "bitterness evoked" by events on board the SS Exodus in 1947 should not be underestimated.

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Arabs in 1943 'obsessed with Zionism' said secret British report into nationalism

By Jennifer Lipman, April 26, 2013

Anti-Zionism, suspicion of US imperialism and Allied loyalties were key concerns for the Arab world five years before the state of Israel was declared, according to a report commissioned by British officials in May 1943.

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Secret documents reveal plans for 'British Haganah' in Palestine as Mandate ended

By Jennifer Lipman, April 26, 2013

British men and women living in Jerusalem during the last days of the Mandate period planned to establish a "British Haganah" to protect themselves.

In a series of secret documents from the colonial period, newly released by the national archives after almost seven decades, the uncertainty felt by the British in what was then Palestine in the spring of 1948 becomes apparent.

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British saw 1948 Jewish fighters as 'like those of Nazi Germany'

By Jennifer Lipman, April 26, 2013

The High Commissioner of Palestine viewed the behaviour of Jewish fighters as comparable to that of the Nazis, according to an intelligence report issued two weeks before statehood was declared.

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Looking back at our history, with sadness and with joy

By James Inverne, April 19, 2013

For a culture that officially always feels (at least) two things at once, Yom Hazikaron (the memorial day for fallen soldiers) in Israel is disconcerting. It's not what we're used to. Every observant Jewish child is taught that the holidays are about two things - being thankful for what we have, and remembering the suffering of others.

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Exposing 'legitimate' criticism

By Gerald Steinberg, April 15, 2013

For 65 years, Israel has been the target of an intense political and ideological attack, in parallel to the shooting war, with the objective of isolating and delegitimising the Jewish state. In its current version, the main weapons include exploitation of labels such as "apartheid" and "racist".

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Weeping and crying with the young age pensioner of 65

By Matthew Gould, April 12, 2013

I still find it hard to believe that Israel is considerably younger than my father and that, in our short time living here, Celia and I have already been in the country for one 30th of its entire existence. As we explore the country, get to know Israel's people, and talk to Israel's leaders, it seems extraordinary that it is only 65 years since Israel's creation.

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Ill-informed, dangerous, anti-Israel Jews

By Naomi Shepherd, April 8, 2013

This is a bad time for those Jews outside Israel who are concerned both with the country's survival and for its fragile democracy. How far can they, should they, be involved in lobbying, criticising, protesting, visiting?

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