Israel at 70

Hi everyone! Welcome to our Israel at 70 project. This is just one of the ways Noam as a movement is marking the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence. The project involves Noamniks from all ages choosing a picture from a year of Israel’s independence, and writing a short piece about what it means to them, and their personal connection to Israel.

The pictures will be published every day in the lead up to Yom Haatzmaut, cycling through the years until we reach the present day! Noam’s connection with Israel is vital, meaningful and special, and we aim to educate Noamniks on all our events about the importance of understanding Israel’s history, grappling with its issues, and forming a purposeful relationship with the country.

The Israel at 70 project demonstrates the commitment of our movement to Israel and its history, as well the cultivation of young engaged Zionists!

Noah Libson,
Zionism Tafkid

Below you will find the timeline which we will update as the project goes on.

Israel at 70

1966 – End of martial law

By Rosa Boyd (Chanicha) On 8 November 1966 – The martial law imposed on Israeli Arabs since the founding of the State of Israel was lifted completely and Arab citizens were granted the same rights as Jewish citizens under the law. These laws had restricted travel more than a given distance from a person's registered … Continue reading 1966 – End of martial law

1965 – Breakaway

By Abi Kashman (Chanicha) In 1965 the left-wing political party, Rafi (Israeli Workers list) was founded by David Ben-Gurion, who left Mapi and led a breakaway group of eight members of the Knesset. Even though this party did dissolve in 1968, it was one of the three parties to merge and form the Israeli labour … Continue reading 1965 – Breakaway

1964 – Water innovation

By Izzie Solomon (Chanicha) In 1964, construction on the National Water Carrier was completed, bringing water from Lake Kinneret in the North to the semi-arid south.

1963 – The end of an era

By Pandora Yadgaroff (Bogeret, Rosh and Israel Tour madricha) David Ben-Gurion stepped down as prime minister for personal reasons in June 1963. Despite a brief hiatus, it was Ben-Gurion who had led Israeli through its formative decade, through a war and through the foundations of what Israeli society would come to be. Israel’s ‘founding father’ … Continue reading 1963 – The end of an era

1962 – The execution of Adolf Eichmann

By Jennifer Cohen (Bogeret, Madricha and Drachimnik) Following his arrest in 1960, Adolf Eichmann was sentenced was sentenced to hang for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and crimes against the Jewish people; eventually bringing him to justice after his involvement in the Holocaust. Eichmann was key in the facilitation of the ‘Final Solution’, and in … Continue reading 1962 – The execution of Adolf Eichmann

1961 – The trial of Adolf Eichmann

By Sasha Miller (Bogeret, Rosh and Chair of Va'ad Tnuah) On April 11th, 1961 the trial of Adolf Eichmann began in Jerusalem, Eichmann having been recently captured by Mossad after going into hiding in Argentina. He was charged on 15 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including responsibility for the enslavement, starvation and … Continue reading 1961 – The trial of Adolf Eichmann

1960 – The Capture of Adolf Eichmann

By Adam Stephens (Boger and Madrich) In 1960, the Israeli Mossad carried out an operation that would end in the capture of Adolf Eichmann. The picture above is of a blindfolded Eichmann being led to a plane to bring him to Israel from Argentina to stand trial. Ben Gurion’s decision to capture Eichmann and transport … Continue reading 1960 – The Capture of Adolf Eichmann

1959 – The Carmelit Funicular

By Tammy Sapir The Carmelit is an underground funicular railway and the only subway in Haifa. Construction took three years and finished in 1959. It is currently the only underground transit system until the expected completion of the Tel Aviv Light Rail. It has a line length of 1.8 km and travels at 17 mph

1958 – The Year Israel Went Nuclear

By Vitale Stone (Bogeret and Madricha) What did you do for your 10th birthday? I had a trampolining party, Israel went nuclear. 1958 saw the beginning of the construction of the Negev Nuclear Research Centre, or colloquially, the Dimona reactor, located in the Negev desert about thirteen kilometres outside of the city of Dimona. The … Continue reading 1958 – The Year Israel Went Nuclear

1957 – Strikes at a Textile Factory

By Miriam Clifton (Israel Tour Chanicha 2017) A strike breaks out in the ATA Textile factory, after failed negotiations between the owners and the workers’ representatives over the terms of the workers’ collective agreement and the management intent to fire a percentage of the workers. Despite the attempt of government involvement in ending the dispute … Continue reading 1957 – Strikes at a Textile Factory