Wednesday, November 24, 2010

November 29, 1947: The Story of a Vote

From our friends at Toldot Yisrael who produce videos of firsthand testimonies from the men and women who helped found the State of Israel.

It was the Wednesday before Thanksgiving in 1947, and Abba Eban and the Jewish Agency delegation to the United Nations were concerned. A preliminary vote showed that the Zionists did not have enough support to pass the Partition Plan. Rodriguez Fabraget, Uruguay’s UN delegate, kindly obliged Abba Eban’s request for a filibuster that succeeded in postponing the vote until after Thanksgiving. They hoped the brief extension would be enough time to secure the requisite two-thirds majority that would approve the establishment of a Jewish State.

On November 29th, when the day of the vote came, Jews around the world listened anxiously. Within a few brief moments, 20 centuries of Jewish homelessness came to an end.

November 29, 1947: The Story of a Vote is the second installment in the "Eyewitness 1948" short film series produced by Toldot Yisrael and the History Channel. The first film in the series, Echoes of a Shofar, has been viewed close to 200,000 times since its launch in September.

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NormanF said...

The Arabs rejected it of course and ever since have trying undo the Partition. Quite frankly, if Israel's Jews were not gutless cowards, they'd tell em to go get lost today!

Nachum said...

The Secretary General was at Lake Success. The General Assembly, where the vote took place, was meeting in Flushing Meadows Park, in the old New York City building from the World's Fair, later an ice skating rink and now the Queens Museum. There's a park there dedicated by the State of Israel in honor of the vote.

It was a Saturday night, and the Jewish community of New York flooded to the area. They were even reciting Tehillim in the hall.

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