Archive for the ‘History’ Category

 

Operation Harpoon: How The Mossad and an Israeli NGO Destroyed Terrorist Money Networks

editor 11 November 2017

By Yonah Jeremy Bob.. A newly released book sheds light on a secret operation that put a halt to terror funding for some of the organizations that threaten the Jewish state. Former government sources have told The Jerusalem Post that Israel’s Operation Harpoon, carried out by a range of Mossad, Shin Bet and other operatives, was revolutionary in that it was “not just about following the money, but about destroying terrorists’ money networks.” (more…)

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Who Saved Israel in 1947?

editor 11 November 2017

By Martin Kramer.. November 29 marks the 70th anniversary of UN General Assembly resolution 181, recommending the partition of Mandate Palestine into two separate Jewish and Arab states. On that day in 1947, millions of listeners sat glued to their radio sets to follow the voting. The outcome set off spontaneous celebrations among Zionists everywhere, for it constituted the first formal international endorsement of a Jewish state. [Photo top right: A truck with the faces of Soviet Communist leaders Lenin and Stalin at the labor day parade held in Tel Aviv on May 1, 1949. Pinn Hans/Israeli Government Press Office.]. (more…)

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The Balfour Declaration Centenary

editor 10 November 2017

By Eli E. Hertz.. One hundred years ago today, the British Government issued the Balfour Declaration. This month, British Prime Minister Theresa May stated, “we are proud of the role that we played in the creation of the State of Israel.” [Photo top right: Arthur James Balfour].  (more…)

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Kristallnacht: The November 1938 Pogroms

editor 8 November 2017

By US Holocaust Memorial Museum.. Historical Background: On November 9–10, 1938, the Nazis staged violent pogroms—state sanctioned, anti-Jewish riots—against the Jewish communities of Germany, Austria, and the Sudetenland. These events came to be known as Kristallnacht (commonly translated as “Night of Broken Glass”), a reference to the broken windows of synagogues, Jewish-owned stores, community centers, and homes plundered and destroyed that night. [Photo top right: Residents in Graz, Austria, watch as the Jewish cemetery’s ceremonial hall burns. —US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Dokumentationsarchiv des Oesterreichischen Widerstandes].  (more…)

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The Jews of Greece

editor 28 October 2017

By J-Wire.. Dr Stavros Kyrimis, Consul General of Greece in Sydney has opened The Jews of Greece Exhibition at the Sydney Jewish Museum. He told the 150 guests: “We are proud to support this historic exhibition of one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world. The Jewish community has been an integral part of Hellenism and its history as far back as antiquity. We applaud the organisers, curators and the Sydney Jewish Museum for bringing to the Australian public this cultural treasure.” [Photo top right:Vic Alhadeff and Sydney Jewish Museum CEO Norman Seligman with Greek guests
Photo: Giselle Haber](more…)

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Massive section of Western Wall and Roman theater uncovered after 1,700 years

editor 23 October 2017

By Amanda Borschel-Dan.. Sought for 150 years, the remarkable discovery of the small theater changes archaeologists’ perceptions of Roman-conquered Jerusalem after the fall of the Second Temple. Archaeologists are one step closer to solving the riddle of what took place in Jerusalem following the destruction of the city by Romans in 70 CE. [Photo top right:
Wilson’s Arch from www.generationword.com/jerusalem101/41-wilson-arch.html]
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New Hungarian Film Explores Guilt of Those Who Looted the Property of Deported Jews

editor 21 October 2017

By Karen Leon.. After watching a Holocaust related film, I always wonder how it was received in the director’s country of origin—or the way an audience of modern Germans, Poles or other implicated peoples react when the rod of historic guilt points in their nation’s direction. Opening in New York on November 1st is a new disquieting and superbly acted Hungarian post-Holocaust film titled 1945. (more…)

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Statue of nationalist blamed for pogroms against Jews is unveiled in Ukraine

editor 19 October 2017

By Sue Surkes.. Memorial to Symon Petliura erected in Vinnitsa, within walking distance of an active synagogue and city’s former Jewish quarter. A new statue of a Ukrainian nationalist who is blamed for the murder of tens of thousands of Jews during the Russian Revolution, was unveiled Saturday in Vinnitsa, in an area of the city once known as Yerusalimka (Jerusalem), just some 200 meters (600 feet) from a small, functioning synagogue. (more…)

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The 80th Anniversary of the Two-State Solution

editor 7 October 2017

By Rick Richman.. In 1937, an official British report first proposed the partition of Mandate Palestine. The story behind it helps to explain why the Arab-Jewish conflict remains unresolved. In this epochal year of Zionist anniversaries—the 120th of the First Zionist Conference in Basle, the 100th of the Balfour Declaration, the 70th of the 1947 UN Partition Resolution, the 50th of the Six-Day War—there is yet another to be marked: the 80th anniversary of the 1937 British Peel Commission Report, which first proposed a “two-state solution” for Palestine. [Photo top right: Lord Peel and Sir Horace Rumbold, chairman & vice chairman of the Palestine Royal Commission, after taking evidence from the Arab Higher Committee in Jerusalem in 1937. Library of Congress.] (more…)

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Lost Jewish city discovered underneath Israeli army base

editor 7 October 2017

By Aristos Georgiou.. The settlement is thought to have changed hands numerous times in its history. A lost Jewish city has been discovered by archaeologists hidden underneath an Israeli Defence Force training base, according to Tel Aviv daily Yedioth Aharanot. Archaeologists working for the IDF’s Civil administration were digging under the old parade grounds of a disused training centre near the town of Beit El in the West Bank when they made the surprising finding. [Photo top right: Artefacts found in a lost Jewish City. COGAT].  (more…)

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