Posts Tagged ‘history’

Daughter Completes Her Father’s Presidential Letter Collection

The presidential letters will be displayed at the Detroit Public Library now through Tuesday, March 5. By Esther Allweiss Ingber, Contributing Writer Photographs courtesy of the Detroit Public Library   Attorney Henry Meyers, a distinguished leader in the Detroit Jewish community, walked his daughter Joan down the aisle when she married her husband, Dr. Robert…

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‘The Holocaust Unfolds’ Exhibit — Sept. 20, 1935

By Mike Smith The term Holocaust was not used as a historical concept until after World War II when the world finally understood that the Nazi party and its collaborators had systemically and brutally attempted to annihilate the Jews of Europe. Unlike America’s mainstream media, the Jewish News and its predecessor, the Detroit Jewish Chronicle,…

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Today in Israeli History: Jan. 28, 1970: France Grants Citizenship to Sephardi Jews

The National Assembly of revolutionary France decides to give citizenship to Sephardi Jews after a debate on Jewish emancipation the previous month. The Sephardim, whose families came to France in the 16th century, are well assimilated but represent the Jewish minority in France. The majority Ashkenazim are not emancipated until September 1791. Items are provided…

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Today in Israeli History: Jan. 24, 1964 — Syria Arrests Eli Cohen

Syrian police arrest businessman Kamel Amin Tha’abet at his Damascus home and charge him with espionage. Tha’abet is actually Mossad agent Eli Cohen, who speaks Arabic with an authentic Syrian accent after being raised by Syrian Jewish parents in Egypt. Cohen establishes friendships with senior government and military leaders and provides intelligence that proves crucial…

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Yehoshua Hankin Is Born in Ukraine

December 26, 1864 From the Center for Israel Education One of the most distinguished land purchasers of the Yishuv (Jewish settlements in Palestine), Yehoshua Hankin was born in Ukraine in 1864 and made aliyah to Israel with his father in 1882.  They settled in Rishon Le’Tzion.  He alone was responsible for purchasing more than 30% of the land that…

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Anwar Sadat Is Born

December 25, 1918 From the Center for Israel Education Born into a family of thirteen children in Mit Abu al-Kum, Egypt, Sadat was a member of the Free Officers movement that overthrew Egypt’s monarchy in 1952. In 1964 Sadat was appointed as Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser’s vice president.  He held that position until Nasser’s…

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Israel Smuggles Sa’ar Class Missile Boats Out of Cherbourg

December 24, 1969 From the Center for Israel Education In the early 1960s, the Israeli navy concluded that their WWII-era vessels needed updating to compete with their more advanced enemies.  Accordingly, in the mid 1960’s, Israel commissioned a series of Sa’ar 3 war boats to be built in the French port of Cherbourg by the…

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The French National Assembly Debates Citizenship for Jews

December 23, 1789 From the Center for Israel Education Following the French Revolution and the August 26th Declaration of the Rights of Man, the issue of Jewish rights is debated in the French National Assembly for three days with no conclusion reached. During the debate, Count Stanislas de Claremont-Tonnerre issued his infamous statement, “The Jews should be…

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Julius Holmes Conveys Britain’s Fear of Communism in Israel to US Government

December 22, 1948 From the Center for Israel Education US Chargé d’affaires Julius Holmes in a cable to the State Department recounted British Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin’s (shown in photo) luncheon meeting of two days earlier, focused on Palestine and its future. Bevin noted that Palestine developments were disappointing. He cited Arab state pessimism with…

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Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban addresses the opening session of the Geneva peace conference Dec. 21, 1973.

Geneva Middle East Peace Conference Takes Place

December 21, 1973 From the Center for Israel Education Though the Geneva Middle East Conference was convened under the co-chairmanship of the United States and Soviet Union, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger kept the Soviet Union almost totally uninformed about progress being made privately between Israel and Egypt for a future disengagement agreement. Egyptian President…

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