November 29, 1947–A Day For Which We Should All Give Thanks!

Happy Chanukah!

Graphic courtesy

Graphic courtesy

*In the last three days there have been 144 reports of “rock-throwing” Palestinian terrorists. One of the worst cases occurred in Jerusalem yesterday when 2 year old Abigail Ben Tzion was struck in the head by a “rock” while riding in her car seat in the back seat of the car driven by her mother, Shirin.

Abigail Ben Tzion's carseat (photo: Ynet/Noam Dvir).

Abigail Ben Tzion’s carseat through the smashed window (photo: Ynet/Noam Dvir).

MADA paramedics quickly arrived on the scene, and one of them gave this report: “When we arrived at the scene we saw the infant was bleeding at the head. She was lethargic. We were told she was hit with a large stone that hit her head while she was in a car. We immediately started treating her and evacuated her. During treatment, she started to regain consciousness.”

Abigail’s grandfather gave this information to reporters: “I was coming back from out of town and my daughter called me and told me that stones were thrown at her and that my granddaughter was hit. They threw a 1.5 kg stone. My daughter and my three grandchildren were out in a park and were on their way home to light Hanukkah candles.”*

A 1.5 kg “rock” crashing into the head of a 2 year old girl. 

As of this morning Abigail Ben Tzion is still in Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital but is miraculously expected to make a full recovery.

*israelstreet gratefully acknowledges Yedioth Ahronot for elements of this story.


Celebrating in the streets on November 29, 1947 (picture:

Celebrating in the streets on November 29, 1947 (picture:

November 29, 1947. 

The United Nations vote to partition Palestine.

One more step on the long road to the rebirth of Israel.   

One more step which led to the miracle of today’s Jewish country of Israel.

Sometimes it’s worthwhile to remember just how close the vote was. In fact, the vote was supposed to have taken place on November 26, but the Zionist delegation was able to secure a postponement because they did not think they had enough votes for the resolution to pass.

At that time, there were only 56 members of the United Nations and to pass, the resolution needed a two thirds vote not counting abstaining and absent members. When the vote was finally taken on November 29, ten countries abstained (Argentina, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, China, Ethiopia, the United Kingdom, and Yugoslavia). One country was absent (Thailand).

This meant that a two thirds majority of the remaining 45 members was needed to approve the partition–in other words 30 votes.

The final vote was 33 in favor (73%) . . . (Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Belgium, Denmark, France, Iceland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, Byelorussian SSR, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Ukranian SSR, the Soviet Union, Liberia, South Africa, and the Philippines . . .

–and 13 countries against (28%) . . .(Afghanistan, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, Yemen, Greece, Egypt, and Cuba).

From what we know now, four votes probably changed between November 26-November 29: those of Liberia, the Philippines, Haiti, and France.

Just enough for the resolution to pass.

And this is not even to mention the countries who had been leaning against the partition that were persuaded to abstain.

So on this November 29th, sixty six years later,  dear readers, let’s thank those countries who voted to partition Palestine–and the Zionist delegation at the United Nations, many of whom had worked for years to make the partition a reality. 



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