Posts Tagged ‘Balfour Declaration’

Chaim Weizmann, shown in 1949, played an important role in obtaining the Balfour Declaration and became Israel’s first president.

Chaim Weizmann Dies

November 9, 1952 Chaim Weizmann, a leader of the Zionist movement and the first President of the State of Israel, passed away at his home in Rehovot after a year-long illness. Among his myriad of contributions to the creation of the State of Israel was his role in obtaining British consent for the 1917 Balfour…

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Arthur Balfour’s letter conveys the news to Lord Rothschild that the British government supports the creation of a Jewish homeland in Palestine.

Balfour Declaration Is Released

November 2, 1917 In seeking official government endorsement for the Zionist cause from a great power, the leadership of the Zionist Organization was successful in obtaining that endorsement from the British government in 1917. It came in the form of a private letter from the British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Lord Rothschild, the head…

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A statue of Alfred Mond in Tel Mond

British Philanthropist and Zionist Alfred Mond Is Born

October 23, 1868 An early Zionist supporter in England, Alfred Mond who would later become the first Lord Melchett is born in England. Despite the fact that his parents were Jewish, Mond was not raised as a Jew and in fact was married in the Anglican church and raised his children a Christians. Mond’s father…

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Eliahu Elath

Eliahu Elath Becomes Israel’s First Ambassador to the UK

October 22, 1952 Eliahu Elath presents his credentials to Queen Elizabeth II and becomes Israel’s first Ambassador to the United Kingdom (officially called the Ambassador to the Court of St. James). Elath who was born Eliahu Epstein in Russia had settled in the Land of Israel in 1924. In 1934 he directed the Middle East…

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Image of the map of Palestine showing the proposed separation of Palestine in the Resolutions of the Inter-Parliamentary Congress.

Arab Leaders Adopt Inter-Parliamentary Congress Resolutions

October 11, 1938 At the conclusion of a four day conference in Cairo, Arab leaders adopt the Resolutions of the Inter-Parliamentary Congress. The conference and its resolution was a response to the Peel Commission Report of 1937, which had first proposed partitioning Palestine into separate Jewish and Arab states (see above). The resolution stated the Arab…

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Louis Brandeis

Louis Brandeis Passes Away

October 5, 1941 Louis Brandeis, retired United States Supreme Court Justice passes away at the age of 84 in Washington DC. The first Jewish Supreme Court Justice, Brandeis embraced Zionism making it more acceptable for American Jews at a time when many American Jews were fearful of supporting the Zionist cause lest they be tagged…

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Chaim Weizmann

Chaim Weizmann Joins British Admiralty

Center for Israel Education September 1, 1915 Chaim Weizmann, first President of Israel, then working as a chemist in Manchester, England was appointed as an Honorary Technical Adviser on acetone supplies to the British Admiralty. Weizmann is credited with being the major diplomatic engine that unfolded the 1917 Balfour Declaration for the Zionists, where Britain promised to…

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Ron Dermer

‘Overflowing With Optimism’

Israeli ambassador addresses Metro Detroit crowd. Expressing optimism for the future, Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer said that after 70 years of existence, Israel’s innovational advances and growing prominence on the global stage show the world that the Jewish people are no longer “the perfect victim but instead have created an imperfect sovereign…

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Israel, camel

70 Years Of Miracles

Like some of the past celebrations of Israel’s Independence Day, the fuss being made about Israel’s 70th birthday this year hasn’t penetrated too far into the American Jewish consciousness. While those Jewish activists who are already interested in Israel-oriented events are doing their best to acknowledge the passage of seven decades since 1948, for millions…

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