Saturday, October 31st 2020   |

Today in Israeli History

Christian Extremists Denied Entry to Israel

Israel refuses to let 26 Irish and Romanian tourists enter the country at the port of Haifa for being members of an extreme Christian cult.

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Filmmaker Amos Gitai Born in Haifa

Filmmaker Amos Gitai, known for documentaries and features on the Middle East, the Israeli-Arab conflict and Holocaust memory in Europe, is born to architect Munio Weinraub and teacher Efratia Margalit in Haifa.

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Bones of Moshe Hess Brought to Israel

Moshe Hess, a 19th century Zionist, is reburied in the Kibbutz Kinneret cemetery beside other fathers of socialist Zionism.

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Hamas Abducts Israeli Soldier

Hamas terrorists abduct Israeli soldier Nachshon Wachsman from the Bnai Atarot junction in central Israel by offering him a ride while wearing kippot, playing Hasidic music and carrying a prayer book.

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Israeli Idol Hagit Yaso Born

Singer Hagit Yaso, a winner of Israel’s version of “American Idol,” is born in Sderot to parents who escaped poor conditions in an Ethiopian village by walking four months through the desert to reach Sudan and fly to Israel.

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Crystallographer Yonath Wins Nobel in Chemistry

Ada Yonath was born into an Orthodox Jewish family in Jerusalem, then under the British Mandate. Yonath’s family was poor and lived in a four-room apartment that they shared with two other families.

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Yom Kippur War Begins

Egyptian troops cross the Suez Canal to push the Israelis out of the Sinai at the same time that Syria attacks in the Golan Heights.

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Painter Nachum Gutman Born

Painter Nachum Gutman is born in a part of Russia that is now Moldova.

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Suicide Bomber Strikes Haifa Restaurant

A suicide bombing kills 21 Jews and three Arabs and injuressome 60 others at Maxim restaurant in Haifa, Israel.

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German Chancelor Merkel Arrives in Israel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives in Jerusalem for the first time in more than four years to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu amid growing U.S.-Europe tensions over Iran.

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