The Importance of November 29
On this day 75 years ago, the United Nations voted to establish a separate state for Israel. Now more than ever, we must remember this day.
From The Israel Forever Foundation. On 29 November 1947, the United Nations General Assembly voted 33 to 13, with 10 abstentions and 1 absent, in favour of the Palestine Partition Plan. This vote did not just emerge out of nowhere, contrary to popular efforts to delegitimize the history that led up to this momentous occasion.
In 1922, the League of Nations approved the British Mandate over Palestine – an ancient land with a name bestowed by the Romans. …
Citing the Balfour Declaration, the mandate outlined that the nations were in agreement with the original proclamation “in favor of the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.” Whereas there may have been but a small percentage of Jews in the region, the longevity of the Jewish connection to the land was an accepted fact by nations worldwide. Years of longing, persecution, and political action gave life to a Jewish nationalism that represented this ancient history.
When the UN Committee reached the conclusion that, when the British Mandate for Palestine would end, there should be created both a Jewish state and as Arab state, internationalizing Jerusalem to be shared by both.
Although the partition map allotted the Jewish state only a small part of our ancestral land, the Zionist Organization and institutions of the Jewish community in Eretz Yisrael accepted the plan on its merits – the full recognition of our rights as a people to our national origins and a sovereign state where we could, indeed, live free.
All over the world, the Jewish community erupted with great joy. In Jerusalem, Zippy Porath shares how thousands went out to the streets to celebrate. And planning for implementation began as Chaim Weizman proclaimed “It is now our primary task to establish relations of peace and harmony with our Arab neighbors.” …
So as we begin the season of giving thanks, let us also raise our voice and protect the legacy of this day. …
How are you celebrating this day? Share your prayers and scriptures for Israel below.
(Excerpt from The Israel Forever Foundation. Photo Credit: Taylor Brandon on Unsplash)
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