Birth of Israel

Declaration of Independence of the State of Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, May 4, 2011
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Watch the moment, on May 14 1948, when Israel was declared a state by David Ben Gurion.

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Netanyhau's message on Israel's 63rd birthday

By Jennifer Lipman, May 4, 2011
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The Israeli prime Minister offers his greetings as Israel nears the 63rd anniversary of independence.

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Shimon Peres on Israel's 63rd anniversary: We can prevail

By Jennifer Lipman, May 4, 2011

Shimon Peres has emphasised Israel's ongoing commitment to fighting antisemitism and delegitimisation at home and in the diaspora as the Jewish state approaches its 63rd birthday.

In a message to diaspora Jews to mark 63 years since David Ben-Gurion declared independence, the Israeli president said: "As we celebrate we can look back on the historic miracle of the birth of a nation."

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On this day: Golda Meir is born

By Libby Galvin, May 3, 2011

The first female prime minister of Israel wasn't known as "the only man in the Cabinet" for nothing. Golda Meir, the woman who led Israel after the death of Levi Eshkol and during the 1973 war, personified the Israeli spirit with her rugged outlook and forthright honesty.

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ZF parties for Israel 63

April 21, 2011

Europe's biggest Israel Independence Day event is due to take place in London next month.

The Zionist Federation's Israel 63 Yom Ha'atzmaut party will feature singer Einat Sarouf.

Young Israeli performers Adi Bouskila, Gilan Shahof, Yael Erez and Ido Shavit, who were due to perform at Yom Ha'atzmaut last year, but were grounded due to the volcanic ash incident, will also be there.

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On this day: The Hadassah medical convoy massacre

By Libby Galvin, April 13, 2011

Almost exactly a month before the establishment of the state of Israel, 80 people – 79 Jewish doctors and nurses and one British soldier – were killed when a medical convoy taking aid to Hadassah Hospital was attacked by Arab forces.

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On this day: the Kishinev pogrom

By Jennifer Lipman, April 6, 2011

In the aftermath of the terrible events on Easter Sunday in Kishinev, in modern-day Moldova – then the capital of Bessarabia - poet Chaim Bialik wrote his notorious verse "In the City of Slaughter".

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On this day: Golda Meir voted in

By Jennifer Lipman, March 7, 2011

After Levi Eshkol’s sudden death from a heart attack, the party chose the then 70-yearold to replace him. In doing so, the woman born Golda Mabovitch in Kiev became the first female leader in Israel and a pioneering figure for the world.

She said on being chosen: "I have faced difficult problems in the past but nothing like the one I'm faced with now in leading the country."

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On this day: Morocco declares independence

By Jennifer Lipman, March 2, 2011

The first of France’s Maghrebi protectorates to throw of its colonial master, Morocco did not share the radical upheaval or violence of neighbouring Algeria in its struggle for independence.

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Rahm Emanuel wins Chicago mayor vote

By Jennifer Lipman, February 23, 2011

The son of an Irgun member who fought during Israel’s war of independence has been elected the first Jewish mayor of Chicago.

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