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Purim, Jewish Festival of Lots

Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. It commemorates a time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination.

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Purim in Israel

 Purim is right around the corner here in Israel; and while it is not one of the Seven Biblical Feasts that Jews are commanded to observe, like Chanukah, it has become a staple of the Jewish tradition, and in Israel is celebrated somewhat like a national holiday; and a very colorful one at that.

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March 02, 1921

Winston Churchill on Palestine

In March 1921, twenty six years before the The United Nations General Assembly voted to partition Palestine,  Mr. Winston Churchill visited Palestine and met a delegation of Muslim leaders. They protested that the ultimate objective of political Zionism was to give the natural resources of Palestine to the Jews. They pointed out that the Arabs had occupied Palestine for over a thousand years. They asked Churchill to use his influence to correct what they considered a great injustice.

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February 26, 1969

Levi Eshkol (1895-1969)

Levi Eshkol (Skolnik) Born on October 25th 1895, Served as the third Prime Minister of Israel from 1963 until his death from a heart attack in 1969. He was the first Israeli Prime Minister to die in office.

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February 24, 1942

Why Did Turkey Tow a Ship of Civilians Out to Sea and Leave Them to Die?

 The MV Struma was a ship chartered in World War II to carry Jewish refugees from Axis-allied Romania to Palestine. Built in 1867, the MV Struma began as a small luxury steam yacht. She ended, however, 75 years later, as a ship for hauling livestock that became the grave of hundreds of Jewish refugees fleeing from Romania.

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February 21, 1948

British Soldiers Bomb Ben-Yehuda Street

'Ben-Yehuda Street incident' - IsraCast is publishing photos of the British car bombings in Jerusalem before the end of the mandate in 1948. 50 Jews were killed, with more than 100 injured. The photos were taken by the well known photographer David Rubinger.

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February 18, 1943

The Tehran Children

The 'Tehran Children' was a group of about one thousand Jewish children, most of them orphans, who reached Palestine through Iran in February 1943. IsraCast brings you a sequence of photos which show the 'Tehran Children' arriving in Israel.

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February 12, 1942

Avraham Stern (1907-1942)

Avraham Stern was a Jewish urban revolutionary who founded and led the Zionist organization later known as Lehi, and was executed by British soldiers.

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February 07, 1999

Abdullah - King of Jordan

Abdullah II bin al-Hussein is the current King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. He ascended the throne on 7 February 1999 after the death of his father King Hussein. King Abdullah is a member of the Hashemite family and is reportedly a 43rd-generation direct descendant of Prophet Muhammad.

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February 06, 1925

The Technion

The Technion - Israel Institute of Technology is an institute of higher education in Haifa. Founded in 1924, the Technion began with an emphasis on the natural sciences, engineering, and architecture, but has since also became one of the top medical schools in the world.

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Let Hezbollah and Islamic State destoy one another

Op-ed: In light of the fast changing situation on the borders, Israel should have a channel of dialogue with Hezbollah in order to convey calming messages – including quiet non-aggression agreements.

 While the al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra organization is taking over almost all the territory facing our Golan Heights, and the Islamic State is breaking into Lebanese territory from the north – and after it declared last week that it was "launching the war to liberate the Lebanon region and add it to the Islamic State" – the last thing Hezbollah needs right now is a conflict with Israel.

 Its two existential enemies, Sunni organizations al-Qaeda and Islamic State, are outflanking it from the east and from the south, and it is deeply engaged in that area. The definers of the Middle East have changed, and they are no longer Arabs against Israel, but Sunnis against Shiites.

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January 26, 2000

Avraham Ravitz (1934-2009)

Avraham Ravitz, an influential ultra-Orthodox Jewish lawmaker who served in Israel's parliament for 20 years, died Monday in Jerusalem. The 75-year-old Ravitz suffered from a heart condition and had been hospitalized since early January.

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How Israel reduced dropout rates among Druze teens

The matriculation rate across Israel’s Druze sector rose from 52% to 73% since Yeholot introduced an accelerated learning program for underachievers.

“A” is a physically disabled Druze youth who had failed 11 subjects by the end of junior high school. He lacked both motivation and self-esteem, and his teachers and parents had all but given up on him. Thanks to an innovative educational program implemented in A’s high school, he graduated with a high-honors matriculation certificate and plans to enter the prestigious Technion-Israel Institute of Technology after two years of voluntary national service as a tutor in his former high school, where he is now seen as a role model.

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January 22, 1973

Yaakov Dori (1899-1973)

Yaakov Dori was Chief of Staff of the Haganah and was later appointed the first Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

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March 01, 2000

David Rubinger (1924-2017)

David Rubinger was an Israeli photographer and photojournalist. Nicknamed by Shimon Peres "the photographer of the nation in the making", he spent his professional career chronicling the story of the nation of Israel, and is perhaps most remembered by his famous photograph of three Israeli paratroopers at the Western Wall just 20 minutes following the recapture of the Western Wall and the decisive Israeli victory of the Six-Day War. The picture went on to become an iconic image to Israel's national narrative, inspiring national pride and Zionism. Because of the strong emotions it invoked, in 2001 Israeli Supreme Court Justice Misha'el Kheshin declared that the photo had "become the property of the entire nation."

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THE YOM KIPPUR WAR - 42 YEARS OF REMEMBERING

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 The IsraCast guide to information on the Yom Kippur War of 1973:  Access to live recordings from the war, exclusive post-war recording of Arik Sharon discussing his part, historical facts you may not have known about the war and its many complexities, insightful analysis of the war and region, and explanation of the Yom Kippur - the holiest day in the Jewish Year.

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EXCLUSIVE! Recording of never-before-played song from the Yom Kippur War

During the war, a portion of the recordings that Avi Yaffe recorded of the war were publicized.  After hearing these recordings, Avi was approached by singer Avraham Pereira and Composer Haim Tzur to record a special set of songs written in lieu of the war in Avi's studio.

במלחמת יום הכיפורים, כאשר חזרתי הביתה, פורסמו חלק מההקלטות שביצעתי בעת המלחמה במעוז פורקן.
בעקבות זאת, פנו אלי הזמר אברהם פררה והמלחין חיים צור וביקשו להקליט באולפני מספר שירים.

 

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An ethnic war in Iran is only a matter of time

Op-ed: Imagine the Islamic Republic falling apart like Syria, Iraq, Libya or Yemen in a civil war with armed militias – and nuclear facilities all over the area.

 In Independence Day, I received a message on Facebook from a man who lives in Iraq and wanted to congratulate the State of Israel on its independence and thank it for destroying Saddam Hussein's nuclear reactor in 1981.

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May 17, 1967

Liberation of the Temple Mount and Western Wall

Hear the sounds of gunfire, the footsteps of Israeli soldiers as they draw closer and closer and as General Uzi Narkiss instructs them and asks to be shown where the Western Wall stands. Hear triumphant Brigadier, General Shlomo Goren, who was later to become the Chief Rabbi of Israel, as he recites the memorial prayer and sounds the shofar as Israeli soldiers weep with sorrow over their comrades killed in combat.

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Listen to Historic Broadcast Includes transcript of the recording

Operations Ezra & Nechemia

From 1950 to 1952, Operation Ezra and Nehemiah airlifted 120-130,000 Iraqi Jews to Israel via Iran and Cyprus. By 1968 only 2,000 Jews remained in Iraq. The operation is named after Ezra and Nehemiah, who led the Jewish people from exile in Babylonia to return to Israel in the 5th century BC, as recorded in the books of the Hebrew Bible that bear their names.

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