In the center of it all

Marking 70 years since the vote that changed history on November 29, 1947

By DAVID GEFFEN
November 22, 2017 16:24
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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On November 29, 1947, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming the right of the Jewish people for a state in their historic homeland. As we mark the 70th anniversary of that watershed event in Jewish history, it is important and instructive to understand some of the process and historical context that led to the announcement that day, as well as the emotions it unleashed for those who experienced it first hand.

On January 4, 1946, in the tumultuous wake of World War II, the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry was founded in Washington DC with American and British members.

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