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Today in Israeli History

Supreme Court Justice Abdel Rahman Zuabi Dies

September 14, 2014 Abdel Rahman Zuabi, a secular Muslim and proud Israeli who was the first Arab to sit on Israel’s Supreme Court, dies at age 82. Born in the village of Sulam in 1932, Zuabi was a pioneer in many ways, such as being the first Arab to graduate from the Tel Aviv School […]

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Oslo Accords Signed

September 13, 1993 U.S. President Bill Clinton holds a White House signing ceremony for the Oslo Accords, a set of agreements between the Israelis and Palestinans, at the conclusion of which Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat famously shake hands. The actual document, the Declaration of Principles on Interim […]

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Singer Idan Raichel Is Born

September 12, 1977 Singer, composer and producer Idan Raichel is born in Kfar Saba, Israel. His music incorporates Israeli, Middle Eastern, Ethiopian and other international sounds. Lacking family musical roots, he takes up the accordion at age 9 and is attracted to music from tango to Gypsy. He plays the keyboard and studies jazz as […]

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Literary Pioneer Yosef Haim Brenner Is Born

September 11, 1881 Yosef Haim Brenner, the leading Israeli literary figure of the early 20th century, is born in Novi Mlini, Ukraine. He grows up receiving a Jewish education and joins the Bund, a Jewish socialist movement. He publishes his first short story collection in Hebrew, “Out of a Gloomy Valley,” as a teenager in […]

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Gush Shalom Founder Uri Avnery Is Born

September 10, 1923 Journalist and peace activist Uri Avnery is born Helmut Ostermann in Beckum, Germany. After Adolf Hitler’s ascent to power in 1933, Uri’s father, an upper-class Zionist, moves the family to Haifa, then to Tel Aviv. In their move to Palestine, they lose their wealth, and Avnery grows up in extreme poverty and […]

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Gush Shalom Founder Uri Avnery Is Born

September 10, 1923 Journalist and peace activist Uri Avnery is born Helmut Ostermann in Beckum, Germany. After Adolf Hitler’s ascent to power in 1933, Uri’s father, an upper-class Zionist, moves the family to Haifa, then to Tel Aviv. In their move to Palestine, they lose their wealth, and Avnery grows up in extreme poverty and […]

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Cinema Director Alon Garbuz Is Born

September 9, 1948 Alon Garbuz, the director of the Tel Aviv Cinematheque for four decades, is born in Givatayim, the youngest of three brothers. The oldest, Aharon, becomes a leader in the Histadrut labor federation and a member of the Knesset for the Labor Party. The middle son, Yair, is a writer and painter. Garbuz […]

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Orthodox Theologian Eliezer Berkovits Is Born

September 8, 1908 Orthodox theologian and ardent Zionist Eliezer Berkovits is born in Nagyvarad, Transylvania. Berkovits studies the Talmud at yeshivot, and in 1934 he is ordained as a rabbi at the Hildesheimer Rabbinical Seminary, where he is influenced by Rabbi Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg. He earns his doctorate in philosophy at the University of Berlin […]

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Rav Kook Is Born

September 7, 1865 The first Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Palestine, Rabbi Abraham Isaac HaCohen Kook, known for promoting religious Zionism and for writing “Orot” and other religious books, is born in Griva, Latvia. In 1884, he begins studying at the Lithuanian Volozhin Yeshiva, and he takes his first job as a rabbi at age 22 […]

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9 Jews Freed After Damascus Blood Libel

September 6, 1840 The nine surviving Damascus Jews accused of killing a Franciscan Capuchin friar and his servant to harvest the blood are freed by order of Muhammad Ali, the Ottoman pasha who controls an area from Syria through Palestine to Egypt and Sudan. Having caused an international furor, the case is remembered as the […]

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