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Remembering the Partition Vote: Israel’s Forgotten Founding Father

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For anyone who considers himself a Zionist, November 29, 1947, was a momentous day. A day that should be remembered and celebrated – perhaps no less than Yom Ha’Atzmaut. Had the UN not voted for Partition, Israel would probably not be here today. Had the UN not voted for the Partition, Israel would not enjoy international legitimacy. Had the UN not voted for Partition, who knows for how long the British Mandate would have lasted, or how much more repressive it would have become?

While many consider this dramatic decision, of UN Resolution 181, a miracle, it was the culmination of months of desperate, feverish lobbying in many “key” countries, whose “yes” vote was far from a foregone conclusion, particularly among the Latin American bloc.

But none of this would have happened if not for one man, who has since been forgotten.

Nachum Goldmann was a lifelong Jewish and Zionist activist and founder of the World Jewish Congress. He was born in Lithuania but grew up and was educated in Germany. After being stripped of his German citizenship in 1935, he was granted Honduran citizenship and later moved to America, in 1940. In the aftermath of the war, upon witnessing the plight of Jewish refugees in post-war Europe, he became instrumental in the creation of a committee for the rescue and rehabilitation of the remnants of the Jewish people stranded there. He was a prominent lobbyist for Zionism, and a leading jurist, much respected in legal circles in America. Nahum Goldmann, the founder and longtime president of the World Jewish Congress, in 1958. (Courtesy of the Times of Israel. Photo credit: Courtesy Claims Conference via JTA)

The year was 1946, a little more than a year before the........

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