A watershed moment in history

Recalling the UN Partition Plan on its 70th anniversary

By SHIRLEY ZAUER
November 29, 2017 14:54
3 minute read.
Jews celebrate in the streets of Tel Aviv moments after the United Nations voted November 29, 1948.

Jews celebrate in the streets of Tel Aviv moments after the United Nations voted on November 29, 1947, to partition Palestine which paved the way for the creation of the State of Israel on May 15, 1948.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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WHEN THE Jewish people were given the Torah at Mount Sinai thousands of years ago, it is said that all future generations were present too, such was the import of the event.

Over the years I have watched the vote – three minutes in total – for the adoption of the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine in the UN General Assembly on November 29, 1947 several times, and each time my heart jumps as this great moment in the history of the Jewish people unfolds in grainy shades of black and white.

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