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Today in Israeli History

Israel Wins First Olympic Gold

August 25, 2004 Windsurfer Gal Fridman wins Israel’s first and, through 2020, only Olympic gold medal at the Summer Games in Athens. Born and raised in Pardes Hana-Karkur in northern Israel, Fridman began windsurfing under the instruction of his father at age 6. Starting in his pre-teen years, Fridman competed internationally and won a variety […]

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Playwright Nissim Aloni Is Born

August 24, 1926 Playwright and translator Nissim Aloni is born Nissim Levi to poor Bulgarian Jewish parents in Florentin, a low-income neighborhood in the south of Tel Aviv that becomes an inspiration for his work. After high school, Aloni writes for BaMahane, a weekly magazine published by the Haganah and later by the Israel Defense […]

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Nasser Calls for All-Out War

August 23, 1969 Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, who has adopted devout Muslim observance since losing the June 1967 war to Israel, responds to the arson attack on Al-Aqsa mosque two days earlier by calling for all-out war against Israel. Nasser writes to Egyptian Defense Minister Muhammad Fawzi about the need for war and says […]

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Sculptor Jacques Lipchitz Is Born

August 22, 1891 Sculptor Jacques Lipchitz, whose final work, “The Tree of Life,” stands outside Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus in Jerusalem, is born Chaim Jacob Lipchitz in Lithuania. Though his father wants him to study engineering, he is encouraged by his mother to study art in Paris, where he joins a group that includes […]

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Al-Aqsa Is Burned

August 21, 1969 A new immigrant to Israel, Denis Michael Rohan, sets fire to Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. Born and raised in Australia, Rohan moved to Israel only a few months before the attack. He worked at Kibbutz Mishmar Hasharon in the Sharon Valley and learned Hebrew. The 28-year-old reportedly began hearing voices shortly after […]

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Etgar Keret Is Born

August 20, 1967 Etgar Keret, one of Israel’s most popular writers, is born in Ramat Gan. Keret’s quirky work, mainly short stories and graphic novels featuring odd twists and the unexpected, wins critical acclaim as well as sales success. He is published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Guardian and other publications […]

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23 Killed in Jerusalem Suicide Blast

August 19, 2003 A suicide bomber kills 23 people and injures more than 130 others by detonating an 11-pound explosive packed with ball bearings on a bus in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Shmuel Hanavi in central Jerusalem. Many of the passengers on the double bus are traveling home after praying at the Western Wall. The […]

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23 Killed in Jerusalem Suicide Blast

August 19, 2003 A suicide bomber kills 23 people and injures more than 130 others by detonating an 11-pound explosive packed with ball bearings on a bus in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Shmuel Hanavi in central Jerusalem. Many of the passengers on the double bus are traveling home after praying at the Western Wall. The […]

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Intellectual Yeshayahu Leibowitz Dies

August 18, 1994 Yeshayahu Leibowitz, a controversial Jewish thinker and Israeli public intellectual, dies in his sleep at age 91 in Jerusalem. Leibowitz was born to a religious Zionist family in Riga, Latvia, in 1903. Educated at the University of Berlin and the University of Basel, where he earned a medical degree, he settled in […]

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First Conference of Russian Zionists Is Held in Warsaw

Held a few weeks before the Second Zionist Congress was set to convene in Basle, Switzerland, 160 Russian Zionists from ninety-three cities and towns in Russia meet secretly in Warsaw, Poland.

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