Birth of Israel

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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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.