Wednesday, December 1st 2021   |

Today in Israeli History

Ben-Gurion Passes Away

David Ben-Gurion, (born David Gruen) Israel’s first Prime Minister passes away at the Tel Hashomer-Sheba Medical Center in Tel-Aviv at the age of 87.

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Violence Against Jews in Arab Cities

Following the United Nations vote for the Partition of Palestine on the previous day, violence ensues between Jews and Arabs in the British Mandate of Palestine. The first phase of Israel’s War of Independence begins.

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British Politicians Hold Debate on Future of Palestine

In the midst of the 1936-1939 Arab Revolt, a debate over British policy in Mandatory Palestine is held in the House of Commons.

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United Nations Adopts Resolution 242

In the wake of the June 1967 Six Day War, the United Nations Security Council adopts Resolution 242, a document which has served as a framework for all major Arab/Israel negotiations since.

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Sadat Visits Jerusalem

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat’s plane lands at Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport at the start of his historic 36-hour visit to Israel.

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Kadima Arrives in Haifa

The Aliyah-Bet (illegal immigration) ship Kadima (sometimes called the Kedma) arrives in Haifa under British escort. All of its passengers are arrested and moved to detention camps in Cyprus.

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El Al Is Founded

El Al, Israel’s national airline, is officially founded and legally incorporated.

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Knesset Debates Israeli Withdrawal from Sinai

The Knesset debates Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion’s announcement that Israeli troops would withdraw from Sinai following the 1956 Suez War.

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Artist Reuven Rubin Is Born

Reuven Rubin (born Rubin Zelicovici), one of Israel’s most acclaimed painters, is born in Galatz, Romania. Rubin’s family was both very poor and religious.

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U.N. Resolution Declares Zionism Is Racism

The United Nations passes UN Resolution 3379, which defines Zionism as a form of racism and racial discrimination. It passes with a vote of 72 in favor, 35 against, and 32 abstentions.

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