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Today in Israeli History

Israeli Film Pioneer Lia Van Leer Is Born

A pioneer in Israeli film, Lia Van Leer is born Lia Greenberg in Beltsy, Romania (today Moldova).

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A Ceasefire Is Signed Ending the War of Attrition

Israel, Jordan and Egypt finally signed a ceasefire, ending the 1967-1970 War of Attrition.

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The Thirteenth Zionist Congress Is Convened in Czechoslovakia

Convened in Carlsbad, Czechoslovakia, the Thirteenth Zionist Congress discusses details of the Palestine Mandate and particularly the prerogatives of the Palestine Zionist Executive (PZE) that guide Jewish immigration and settlement in Palestine.

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Composer Menachem Avidom Passes Away

Famed Israeli Composer Menachem Avidom, whose compositions help lay the groundwork for future Mizrahi and Sephardic (Middle Eastern Jewish) music in Israel, passes away in Tel Aviv.

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Rabbi Mordechai Kaplan Writes Article Leading to Reconstructionist Movement

Rabbi Mordechai M. Kaplan, publishes “A Program for the Reconstruction of Judaism” in the Menorah Journal. His ideology eventually leads to the creation of a fourth American Jewish denomination, the Reconstructionist movement.

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Harrison Report Confirms Deplorable Conditions of DP Camps

The Harrison Report, an inquiry into the conditions of displaced persons camps in occupied Germany, reveals that many of the rumors of poor treatment of Jews are indeed true and that “we appear to be treating the Jews as the Nazis treated them, except that we do not exterminate them.”

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Shimon Peres Is Born in Belorussia

The only politician in Israeli history to hold the positions of both President and Prime Minister, Shimon Peres is born in Belorussia to Yitzchak and Sara Perski.

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First Israelis Move into Dimona

In the south of Israel, the development town of Dimona is populated entirely by Mizrahim (Jewish immigrants from Arab lands). It receives municipal status in 1969.

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Politician Moshe Feiglin Is Born

July 31, 1962 Right-wing activist and politician Moshe Feiglin is born in Haifa to a family who came to the Land of Israel during the First Aliyah late in the 19th century. Feiglin serves as a combat engineer in the Israel Defense Forces and fights in the First Lebanon War. He reaches the rank of […]

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Yael Arad Wins Israel’s First Olympic Medal

July 30, 1992 Yael Arad at age 25 becomes the first Israeli to win an Olympic medal, taking the silver in judo in the half-middleweight (61-kilogram) class at the Summer Olympics in Barcelona. She dedicates her medal to the 11 Israeli victims of the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre. Born in Tel Aviv, Arad began taking […]

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