Jorge García-Granados, 1900-1961

García-Granados, Guatemala’s ambassador to the United Nations and a member of the U.N. Special Committee on Palestine, was moved by Chaim Weizmann’s partition pleas to UNSCOP in July 1947 and cast the first vote for U.N. General Assembly Resolution 181 on Nov. 29, 1947. He persuaded other Latin American countries to back the resolution. He wrote the book “The Birth of Israel: The Drama as I Saw It.”

Photo: Jorge García-Granados with President Yitzhak Ben-Zvi in 1955 (Moshe Pridan, National Photo Collection of Israel)