Music Star Udi Davidi Is Born

April 25

April 25, 1975 Singer-songwriter-musician Ehud “Udi” Davidi is born. He grows up in Kedumim, a settlement established in the northern West Bank by the Gush Emunim movement, and is active in the Bnei Akiva youth organization, through which he meets his future wife, Lilach. Davidi begins writing music as a youth but does not release […]

Hapoel Haifa Soccer Club Founded

April 24

April 24, 1924 Hapoel Haifa is established during Passover in a meeting led by Yehoshua Sherpstein and Yair Aharony at a house in Haifa’s Hadar neighborhood. The organization creates several branches related to sports and to worker movements, with the goal of starting Palestine’s first labor-led soccer club. Hapoel Haifa defeats a team of train […]

Palestinian Authority, Hamas Reconcile

April 23

April 23, 2014 Hamas and the Palestine Liberation Organization announce a unity pact after a seven-year rift in which Hamas has led the Gaza Strip and the PLO has led the Palestinian Authority-controlled West Bank. Israel and the United States classify Hamas as a terrorist organization, and both nations condemn the PLO’s decision to close […]

Haganah Seizes Haifa

April 22

April 22, 1948 As communal violence increases with the approaching departure of British troops and expected declaration of Israeli independence, the Haganah seizes Haifa, and as many as 25,000 Arabs flee the city, possibly in response to orders from the Arab Higher Committee. Haifa, Palestine’s largest deep-water port, holds strategic importance for Jews and Arabs […]

2 Jewish Militants Kill Themselves Before Hanging

April 21

April 21, 1947 Two Jewish underground fighters, Moshe Barazani and Meir Feinstein, blow themselves up in a British prison in Jerusalem at night to avoid being hanged the next morning. Barazani, a Kurdish Jew born in Iraq in 1926, moved to Jerusalem when he was 6 years old and joined the youth division of Lehi […]

Shrine of the Book Opens

April 20

April 20, 1965 The Shrine of the Book, built to house seven Dead Sea Scrolls found in the Qumran caves in 1947, opens as part of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Moshe Sharett announced the plan to build the Shrine of the Book when, as prime minister, he revealed in 1955 that Israel had purchased […]

Writer Gadi Taub Is Born

April 19

April 19, 1956 Writer and academic Gadi Taub, a leading commentator on the meaning of modern Zionism, is born in Jerusalem. Taub’s grandparents were Zionist pioneers who arrived in Palestine in the 1920s during the British Mandate, and Taub’s father fought in the 1948 War of Independence after escaping Czechoslavakia in 1939. After completing his […]

106 Lebanese Civilians Killed at Qana

April 18

April 18, 1996 Israeli artillery fire strikes a U.N. compound where at least 800 Lebanese civilians are sheltering in the village of Qana in southern Lebanon. At least 13 shells hit the compound, killing 106 civilians and wounding more than 100 other people, including four Fijian U.N. peacekeepers. The artillery attack comes during Operation Grapes […]

Nasser Named Egypt’s Premier

April 17

April 17, 1954 Gamal Abdel Nasser, 36, is appointed the prime minister of Egypt. Nasser’s interest in politics goes back to age 12 when he accidentally participated in an ultranationalist protest calling for the overthrow of the British colonial government. Nasser was arrested, and his sense of injustice over the incident and anger at the […]

Watches, Art Stolen From Islamic Museum

April 16

April 16, 1983 Watches, clocks and paintings worth tens of millions of dollars are stolen overnight from the L.A. Mayer Institute for Islamic Art, now the Museum for Islamic Art, in Jerusalem. The break-in at the western wing of the museum, just steps from the president’s residence, may have been the highest-value heist in Israeli […]

Bergen-Belsen Liberated

April 15

April 15, 1945 The British 11th Armored Division liberates the Nazis’ Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in northern Germany, discovering 60,000 starving prisoners, most of them seriously ill, and 13,000 unburied corpses. They are the remnants of an estimated 120,000 prisoners who were held at the complex at some point since the SS took over operations in […]

All-Time Miss Israel Illana Shoshan Is Born

April 14

April 14, 1961 Illana Shoshan, who wins the 1980 Miss Israel title after finishing second in the 1978 teen pageant, is born in Kfar Saba, Israel. In a public vote held in 2010 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Miss Israel, Shoshan is elected the Miss Israel of All Time. Shoshan becomes an international fashion […]