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1947: What We Forget When We Remember the 29th of November

1947: What We Forget When We Remember the 29th of November T HE J EWISH Q UA R T E R LY R EVIEW , Vol. 108, No. 4 (Fall 2018) 531–535 1947: What We Forget When We Remember the 29th of November ZVI BEN-DOR BENITE New York University T H E DAT E OF UN S EC URI T Y C OU NCIL R ESOL UTI O N 181, which ended the British Mandate in Palestine/Erets Yisra’el and enabled the creation of a Jewish sovereign state, occupies a special place on Israel’s calendar. It is special not because Israelis mark the day in an exceptional way. In the past, it was a holiday of sorts, observed mainly in schools, and many Israelis grew up on stories of people listening to the radio broadcasting the UN vote on that day and counting the ayes and nays, and later dancing in the streets. They also memorized the note in Ben- Gurion’s diary for that day: “People are dancing in the streets,” he wrote, “but I am worried, we must prepare for war.” Recently, since relations between the United Nations and Israel have soured, the day is hardly marked as it used to be. Nevertheless, the date is still special because, unlike http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Jewish Quarterly Review University of Pennsylvania Press

1947: What We Forget When We Remember the 29th of November

Jewish Quarterly Review , Volume 108 (4) – Nov 13, 2018

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T HE J EWISH Q UA R T E R LY R EVIEW , Vol. 108, No. 4 (Fall 2018) 531–535 1947: What We Forget When We Remember the 29th of November ZVI BEN-DOR BENITE New York University T H E DAT E OF UN S EC URI T Y C OU NCIL R ESOL UTI O N 181, which ended the British Mandate in Palestine/Erets Yisra’el and enabled the creation of a Jewish sovereign state, occupies a special place on Israel’s calendar. It is special not because Israelis mark the day in an exceptional way. In the past, it was a holiday of sorts, observed mainly in schools, and many Israelis grew up on stories of people listening to the radio broadcasting the UN vote on that day and counting the ayes and nays, and later dancing in the streets. They also memorized the note in Ben- Gurion’s diary for that day: “People are dancing in the streets,” he wrote, “but I am worried, we must prepare for war.” Recently, since relations between the United Nations and Israel have soured, the day is hardly marked as it used to be. Nevertheless, the date is still special because, unlike

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Published: Nov 13, 2018

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