Birth of Israel

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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Sun set to shine on Israel parade

By Simon Rocker, May 30, 2013

If the Met Office is to be believed, it will not be raining on the Closer to Israel parade in central London on Sunday.

British Jewry’s biggest solidarity event with Israel for five years, in celebration of the country’s 65th anniversary, will begin outside Hyde Park at midday, followed by a two-hour gathering in Trafalgar Square from 2pm.

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Foreign Office fears for Palestine prompted by intercepted Ben-Gurion papers

By Jennifer Lipman, May 23, 2013

Foreign Office hopes that a resolution to the situation in Palestine could be delayed until after the war were shattered in 1941 after they intercepted the private papers of David Ben-Gurion detailing Zionist objectives and his discussions with Anglo-Jewish leaders.

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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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