Birth of Israel

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.

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Arieh Handler on the founding of the state of Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, May 20, 2011
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"It was a tremendous day" - Arieh Handler, the founder of Bnei Akiva, recalls his experience as a witness to the signing of the declaration of independence in May 1948.

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Arieh Handler dies in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, May 20, 2011

Arieh Handler, the last survivor of those present at the declaration of the state of Israel, has died at the age of 95.

His funeral will be held today in Tel Aviv. There will be shivas in Jerusalem and London.


On this day: Chaim Weizmann elected

By Jennifer Lipman, May 16, 2011

Two days after David Ben Gurion declared Israel's independence and the surrounding Arab armies attacked, the fledgling state voted in its first president. He would not be officially sworn in until the following February


Berlusconi: Italy won't support unilateral Palestine

By Jennifer Lipman, May 13, 2011

Silvio Berlusconi has promised that Italy will not recognise a Palestinian state if one is declared without agreement with Israel.

The Italian Prime Minister, speaking during a Yom Ha'atzmaut event in Rome, was quoted pledging that Italy would "absolutely not" accept a unilateral declaration.


Pally crowd celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut

By Jessica Elgot, May 12, 2011

An appropriately coloured haze settled on London's Alexandra Palace on Tuesday night as 1,000 guests ate, sang and danced on Israel's 63rd birthday.


Israeli visitors enjoying new Magic Moments

By Jennifer Lipman, May 12, 2011

Showing off her new necklace, Nofar Valal explained why the gift from her British host family meant so much. "You see these two hearts? One is for the diaspora, one is for Israel. Together we are one big family."