Birth of Israel

Celebrations in Israel as Jewish state turns 64

By Jennifer Lipman, April 26, 2012

Celebrations have begun to honour 64 years since Israel's declaration of independence.

Israelis across the country will be visiting national parks, holding barbecues, parties and other events to mark Yom Ha'atzmaut, which started on Wednesday night as the annual day of mourning for the country's fallen came to a close.


Toulouse widow lights candle at Israel memorial ceremony

By Jennifer Lipman, April 25, 2012

The widow of the rabbi murdered in last month's shooting at a Jewish school in Toulouse has taken part in a ceremony marking Israel's day of remembrance for its fallen.

Eva Sandler lit the memorial candle at a Jewish Agency ceremony in Jerusalem, held a little over a month after her husband and two sons were gunned down by Islamist Mohammed Merah.


Six words before the Palestinian UN bid

By Jennifer Lipman, September 20, 2011

As the world looks to New York to see whether the Palestinians will apply for unilateral statehood, human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Centre have a message to share.


Statesman Abba Eban's wife Suzy dies in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, September 16, 2011

The wife of the legendary Israeli Foreign Minister, Abba Eban, has died at the age of 90.


Yitzhak Shamir's wife Shulamit mourned

By Jennifer Lipman, August 1, 2011

The wife of Israel's seventh prime minister has died at the age of 88.

Shulamit Shamir, who was born in Bulgaria in 1923, is survived by her husband Yitzhak.

He led Israel for two separate terms as prime minister, between 1983 and 1984 and between 1986 and 1992.


On this day: Arthur James Balfour

By Daniel Walters, July 25, 2011

Arthur Balfour was best known for his 'Balfour Declaration' of 1917, a publication which supported the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. This was published during his time as Foreign Secretary, during the First World War.

The publication made him hugely popular with Jews all around the world, with the JC at the time calling the declaration a "Jewish triumph".


Rabbinical college criticised for Israel memorial email

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2011

The chair of an organisation dedicated to supporting the families of Israel's war casualties has expressed concern about a proposal by a US rabbinical college to "broaden" commemorative ceremonies.


On this day: Departure of the Exodus

By Jennifer Lipman, July 11, 2011

Perhaps the most famous ship in Israel's history, the Exodus was by no means the only refugee ship that attempted to take European Jews to Palestine, but it was perhaps the most iconic.

The ship, part of the Aliyah Bet operation, departed from France, with more than 4,500 passengers. The majority of them were Holocaust survivors and among them were 655 children.


On this day: Ezer Weizman is born

By Anna Slater, June 15, 2011

The legend who made his name as one of Israel's most celebrated fighting men and went on to become president of Israel was born in Tel Aviv. Unpredictable, quixotic and cantankerous were just some of the words the press used to describe him over the years. However, he was well-known for playing the roles of military hero and an architect of peace.


Arieh Handler: an extraordinary life

By Jennifer Lipman, May 20, 2011

A celebration of the life of Zionist Jewish leader Arieh Handler.

To share your memories of Arieh Handler, email

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