Today in Israeli History
June 28, 1967 Israel publishes the Jerusalem Declaration, announcing the reunification of the ancient holy city under Israeli sovereignty after the Six-Day War, which ended June 10. The announcement comes 23 days after Jordan chose to ignore Israeli warnings and enter the Six-Day War by firing artillery into Jerusalem and occupying the U.N. headquarters in […]
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June 27, 1945 Ami Ayalon, who leads the Shin Bet and the Israeli navy, is born in Tiberias. He serves in the navy from 1963 to 1996. He volunteers for the Shayetet 13 commando unit, which he commands for a time beginning in 1979. While serving with Shayetet 13 in 1969, he takes part in […]
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June 26, 2004 Israel Prize-winning musician Naomi Shemer, best known for writing “Jerusalem of Gold,” dies at age 73 at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv after a long battle with cancer. Born in 1930 at Kvutzat Kinneret, a Sea of Galilee kibbutz her parents helped found, she began singing at a young age and led […]
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June 25, 2009 Jerusalem holds a $500,000 extravaganza to inaugurate the Chords Bridge, also known as the Bridge of Strings, at the main entrance to the city. Its designer, Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, has built more than 40 bridges around the world, including a pedestrian bridge in Petah Tikva, but says the Bridge of Strings […]
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June 24, 1987 Arabs across Israel hold an Equality Day strike, organized by the National Committee of Local Arab Council Heads, to demand an end to all discrimination against Israel’s 700,000 Arabs, who at the time constitute 17% of the Israeli population. The top demand of the strikers is for the Interior Ministry to fund […]
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June 23, 1944 Photojournalist Alex Levac, a 2005 winner of the Israel Prize, is born in Tel Aviv. A 1967 graduate of Tel Aviv University with a degree in philosophy and psychology, Levac completes his studies in photography at the London College of Printing in 1971. He spends a decade working as a freelance photographer […]
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June 22, 1989 Basketball player Omri Casspi, the first Israeli to play in the National Basketball Association, is born in Holon to parents of Moroccan heritage. He grows up in Yavne and plays for Israeli powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv’s youth team from age 13 to 17. A small forward who also can play inside, he […]
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June 21, 1882 Israeli filmmaker and photographer Ya’acov Ben-Dov is born in Yekatermoslav, Ukraine. He joins the movement for the revival of the Hebrew language in his teens, and he studies photography at the Kiev Academy of the Arts before moving to the Land of Israel in 1907 as part of the Second Aliyah. He […]
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June 20, 1950 Israel’s first Festival of Jewish Music lasts from June 20-July 1, 1950. It is arranged by the Music Department of the Israeli government’s Ministry of Education and Culture, and the Government’s Tourist Department. The festival features a survey of contemporary Israeli music, as well as works by Jewish composers abroad. Performances take […]
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June 19, 1983 Simha Erlich, the deputy prime minister in Israel’s first two Likud-led governments, dies. Born in 1915 in what is now southeastern Poland, where he was involved in a Zionist youth group, Erlich moved to Palestine in 1939 on the eve of World War II. After working as a farmer, he studied optics […]
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