Yigael Yadin Born

March 20

March 20, 191,7 Yigael Yadin, a general also known for his archaeological work, is born in Jerusalem. His father is an archaeologist, and his mother is a women’s rights activist. Yadin joins the Haganah when he is 15 years old and goes on full active duty during the Arab Rebellion of 1936. He rises to […]

Hanoch Levin Premieres Last Play

March 19

March 19, 1999 Israeli playwright Hanoch Levin’s final play, “Requiem,” makes its debut at the Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv. The play is based on three short stories by Anton Chekhov. Levin dies of bone cancer at age 56 later in 1999 after a three-decade career in which he writes approximately 50 plays, 34 of […]

OPEC Lifts Oil Embargo Against U.S.

March 18

March 18, 1974 The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, led by Arab oil producers, lifts the oil embargo it had placed on the United States for resupplying Israel during the Yom Kippur War. OPEC also had imposed the embargo on other nations that supported Israel during the October 1973 war, including the Netherlands, South Africa […]

Mossad’s Meir Amit Born

March 17

March 17, 1921 Meir Amit, a career soldier who builds the Mossad into an internationally renowned intelligence agency, is born Meir Slutzky on the shores of the Sea of Galilee in Tiberias. He attends agricultural school at Kibbutz Givat Ha’shlosha and the Balfour Reali secondary school in Tel Aviv. He starts a distinguished military career […]

MK Basel Ghattas Accepts Plea Deal

March 16

March 16, 2017 Basel Ghattas, an Arab member of the Knesset for the Joint List, signs a plea deal to resolve charges that he used his position as a Knesset member to smuggle cellphones and documents to prisoners in jail. Under the deal, he must resign his position, serve two years in prison and pay […]

Irgun Radio Begins Broadcasting

March 15

March 15, 1939 Kol Tzion HaLokhemet (“Voice of Fighting Zion”), the underground radio network operated by the Irgun, sends out its first broadcasts across Palestine as Esther Raziel-Naor hits the airwaves. The network broadcasts messages related to the Irgun and Israel and reports news the British would censor. The Hebrew broadcasts from Tel Aviv often […]

Black Panthers Steal, Distribute Milk

March 14

March 14, 1972 Israel’s Black Panthers, a social justice group that seeks equality for Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews, steal crates of milk meant for wealthy Jerusalem neighborhoods and hand them out across poor neighborhoods to protest poverty and Israel’s wealth gap. “We thank you that you decided today to give the milk to hungry children […]

Davidka Mortar First Used

March 13

March 13, 1948 The Davidka, a mortar designed and manufactured at the Mikveh Israel agricultural school for use in Israel’s fight for independence, is used in combat for the first time in an attack on Jaffa’s Abu Kabir neighborhood. Mainly the work of David Leibowitch, for whom the mortar is named, the Davidka is known […]

Poet Natan Yonatan Dies

March 12

March 12, 2004 Natan Yonatan, one of Israel’s greatest poets, dies at age 80. Yonatan was born in Kyiv in 1923 and soon immigrated to Palestine with his parents. A few years later the family helped found K’far Ma’as, an agricultural settlement just south of Petah Tikvah. Yonatan was active in Hashomer Hatzair, a secular […]

Justice Haim Herman Cohn Born

March 11

March 11, 1911 Haim Herman Cohn, a lifelong fighter for human rights who organizes Israel’s judicial system, is born in Lubeck, Germany. As a child, Cohn studies Hebrew and the Talmud with his grandfather, then pursues philosophy and Semitic languages at the University of Munich. One of Cohn’s mentors is Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook. After […]

Ben-Gurion Visits Eisenhower

March 10

March 10, 1960 Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion and U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower meet for more than two hours at the White House. “This was the first opportunity I have had of seeing President Eisenhower since I last saw him in Frankfurt in 1945 immediately after the liberation of Europe. I was able to express […]

Naharayim Power Plant Opens

March 9

March 9, 1932 Pinhas Rutenberg and the Palestine Electric Co. open a hydroelectric power plant at Naharayim. It supplies much of the electricity in Palestine until its destruction by Iraqi troops during the 1948 War of Independence. A native of Ukraine, Rutenberg has worked tirelessly to bring electricity to Palestine since immigrating in 1919. He […]