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Hayim Nahman Bialik Is Born in Ukraine

Hayim Nahman Bialik, famed Zionist poet, is born in the village of Radi, near Zhitomir in Volhynia (Northwest Ukraine).

American Zionist Leader Rose Luria Halprin Passes Away

Rose Luria Halprin, who served twice as the national president of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, passes away at the age of 83 in New York.

#106 Contemporary Readings December 2021

Updated January 4, 2022  Assembled by Ken Stein and Michele Freesman-Levenson, Emory University’s Institute for the Study of Modern Israel and the Center for Israel Education, kenstein@israeled.org  Elliott Abrams, “Murmurs About Palestine as 2021 Ends,” Council on Foreign Relations, December 15, 2021, https://www.cfr.org/blog/murmurs-about-palestine-2021-ends   Associated Press, “Israeli leader returning home from UAE ‘very optimistic’.” Y-Net, December 14, 2021, https://www.ynetnews.com/article/s1mmwib9f   Daphna Aviram-Nitzan and Roe Kenneth […]

Haifa Professor Announces He Has Deciphered Ancient Hebrew Inscription

University of Haifa Professor Gershon Galil announces that he has deciphered an inscription from the time of King David’s reign in the 10th century BCE.

Jacob Toledano Is Installed as Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Tel-Aviv

Jacob Toledano returns to the Land of Israel in early 1942 to take up his new post as Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Tel-Aviv and Jaffa.

Mapai Party Is Founded in Tel-Aviv

David Ben-Gurion of Ahdut Ha’avodah and Joseph Sprinzak of Hapoel Hatzair recognize that their parties have more in common with each other than they have differences and begin moving towards a merger. The Mapai party is the result.

An Israel Syllabus that informs – decades of proof

On January 1, 2022, I completed 43 years of teaching at Emory University. It was a great run and great fun. Along the way, I accumulated more pieces of paper than was necessary, among them every syllabus, reading list , class rolls, course evaluations, and bibliographies  assigned. Collectively those guide posts for teaching have reminded me that undergraduate students have enormous, if not […]

Great Britain. Palestine: Termination of the Mandate, May 15, 1948

This 10 page report, written by the British Colonial and Foreign Office, along with the 1937 Peel (Royal) Commission Report, is one of the two best summaries of the British presence in Palestine. Both are substantial in terms of content, detail and analyses; both were written from Britain’s perspective. Read these along with 1931 Census for Palestine to have a fuller grasp of the politics and the populations that shaped Britain’s Palestine’s administration from 1918-1948.

Great Britain. Palestine: Termination of the Mandate

This 10 page report, written by the British Colonial and Foreign Office, along with the 1937 Peel (Royal) Commission Report, is one of the two best summaries of the British presence in Palestine.  Both are substantial in terms of content, detail and analyses; both were written from Britain’s perspective. Read these along with 1931 Census for Palestine to have a fuller grasp of the politics and the populations that shaped Britain’s Palestine’s administration from 1918-1948

Mosul-Haifa Pipeline Opens

The Mosul-Haifa pipeline, which spans 590 miles, connects the Mosul oil fields and the Mediterranean Sea. It begins in Kirkuk, Iraq and ends in Haifa.

Faisal-Weizmann Agreement Is Signed

Emir Faisal, son of Sharif Husayn of Mecca, and Chaim Weizmann, Zionist diplomat and leader, sign the Faisal-Weizmann agreement. It is an agreement of mutual respect and cooperation between Arabs and Jews in the Middle East.

Israel Launches Operation to Capture Weapons Ship Intended for the Palestinian Authority

Israeli commandos overtake a weapons ship, the Karine-A, and seize fifty tons of Iranian weapons, including a number of long-range rockets.