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Towards Statehood, 1946-1948

Independence Hall

  1. Overview
    1. Toward Statehood and Beyond, Returning, the Land of Israel as a Focus in Jewish History, Benjamin J. Segal, World Zionist Organization, Jerusalem 1987.
  2. Primary sources
    1. 1946
    2. 1947
    3. 1948
  3. Newspaper articles
    1. 1946
    2. August 1947
    3. September 1947
    4. November 1947
    5. December 1947
    6. January 1948
    7. February 1948
    8. March 1948
    9. April 1948
    10. May 1948
    11. June 1948
    12. July 1948
    13. August 1948
    14. September 1948
  4. Secondary sources
    1. Excerpt from The Mufti of Jerusalem Al-Hajj Amin Al-Husayni and the Palestinian National Movement, Philip Matter, Columbia University Press, New York, 1988, p.126.
    2. A Flag is Born, The American Jewish Historical Society.
    3. Defense of Mishmar Hayarden and Its Occupation by the Syrians, Etzel Museum, Apr.-May 1948.
    4. The Tragedy of Deir Yassin, Apr. 9, 1948, Excerpt from The Fifty Years War, Ahron Bregman, Jihan El-Tahri, 1999.
    5. Etzel in Haifa, Etzel Museum, Apr. 21, 1948.
    6. The Conquest of Jaffa, Etzel Museum, Apr. 25, 1948.
    7. Operation Hametz, Etzel Museum, Apr. 27, 1948.
    8. Operation “Kedem,” Etzel Museum, July 17, 1948.
    9. Partitions, Hadassah Levy, COJS.
    10. David Ben-Gurion- A Lion in the Desert, Lisa Alcalay Klug, COJS.
    11. Population Transfers in Asia, Joseph B. Schechtman, Hallsby Press, NY 1949.
    12. Summary of Israel’s Independence War and Initial Laws and Regulations, Israel Yearbook, 1950-1951, 35-76.
  5. Images
    1. Battle of Deir Yassin Apr. 9, 1947.
    2. Deir Yassin Trenches and Approach to Jerusalem
    3. The Jewish Legion Protest in Trafalgar Square, June 18, 1947. The Jewish Legion demanded the withdrawal of British troops from Palestine. Click here for the original caption.
    4. Arabs on the March, Oct. 11, 1947.
    5. Looting and Burning in Jerusalem, Dec. 1, 1947, Etzel Museum.
    6. The Exodus, 1947
    7. Princess Mary Ave. Jerusalem, 1948
    8. The Castel, Apr. 1948
    9. Armored Vehicle from the Castel
    10. Jewish Fighters at the Castel, Davar Magazine, Apr. 22, 1948.
    11. Memorial for Fallen Soldiers at the Castel, Dec. 1947-Apr. 1948.
    12. Declaration of Independence, May 14, 1948
    13. Letter from the First Day of the Israel Post Office, May 16, 1948.
    14. Abdullah and Glubb Pasha, Life Magazine, May 1948.
    15. Abdullah Confers with British Military Advisers, Life Magazine, May 1948.
    16. Independence Hall, Tel Aviv
    17. The Arab Legion Attacking the Jewish Quarter, May 1948.
    18. Jewish Quarter Residents Evacuating the Old City through the Zion Gate, May 1948.
    19. Model of the Altalena, Etzel Museum, June 25, 1948.
    20. The Flag of Altalena, Etzel Museum, June 25, 1948.
    21. Lifesaver from the Altalena, Etzel Museum, June 25, 1948.
    22. The Altalena on Fire, June 25, 1948
    23. Yitzhak Sadeh and Other IDF Commanders, Davar Magazine, July 22, 1948.
    24. Rifles 1, Etzel Museum.
    25. Rifles 2, Etzel Museum.
    26. Rifles 3, Etzel Museum.
    27. Israeli Flag.
    28. President Weizmann Presents a Torah to President Truman, 1948.
    29. Chaim Weizmann
    30. David Ben-Gurion
    31. David Raziel
  6. Videos
    1. The Ties That Bind: The U.S. and Israel
    2. The War of Independence: Protecting Jerusalem
    3. Israel: Birth of a Nation
    4. What Really Happened at Deir Yassin?
  7. Maps
    1. U.N. Partition Plan, 1947.
    2. Where Explosion Ripped Jewish District, Associated Press, Feb. 24, 1948.
    3. Arab Invasion of Palestine, May 1948, from Benny Morris, Righteous Victims, 2000.
  8. Websites
    1. A Few Humble Coins and the Making of Israel
    2. About the War of Independence
    3. Besieged – Jerusalem 1948- Memories of an Irgun Fighter
    4. Recognition of Israel – Truman Library
    5. The Irgun Site
    6. Jewish Telegraphic Agency
    7. Jewish Women’s Archive- Personal Information for Rose Halprin
    8. Teaching with Documents- The U.S. Recognition of the State of Israel
    9. Truman Presidential Museum and Library- The Recognition of the State of Israel

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