From our friends at Toldot Yisrael who produce videos of firsthand testimonies from the men and women who helped found the State of Israel.
Echoes of a Shofar, the first film in the “Eyewitness 1948” short film series produced by Toldot Yisrael and the History Channel, has been viewed close to 200,000 times since its launch just before Yom Kippur in September 2010.
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.
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.