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Today in Israeli History

Musician Naomi Shemer Dies

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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Bridge of Strings Opens

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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Arabs Stage National Equality Strike

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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Photographer Alex Levac Born

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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NBA Player Omri Casspi Born

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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Filmmaker Ya’acov Ben-Dov Born

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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First festival of Jewish music opens in Jerusalem

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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Politician Simha Erlich Dies

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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Painter Mordecai Ardon Dies

June 18, 1992 Mordecai Ardon, one of Israel’s best-known painters, dies at age 95 in Jerusalem. Born Max Bronstein in Galicia in 1896, he ran away from his religiously observant family at 13 and wandered Europe before studying acting in Berlin after World War I. When he switched to art and applied to the Bauhaus […]

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Haredim Jailed in School Discrimination Case

June 17, 2010 Thirty-five Haredi fathers of girls attending the Beis Yaakov Chasidi School in Emanuel refuse a Supreme Court order to send their daughters to the regular Beis Yaakov School and instead accept two-week jail sentences for contempt of court. Their case is a major cause among Israel’s Haredim and produces claims of judicial […]

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