may

1921

1921

1921

Meoraot Tarpat (May 1-5): Beginning with Jews' murder in Jaffa by Arab rioters, spreading to Jewish settlements, including murder, violence and looting against Jewish population. 47 Jews murdered, 140 injured.

1934

1934

1934

May 16: Abba Ahimeir acquitted from charges in Arlosoroff Murder Affair. Ahimeir not released and hunger strike protest ensues. Accused of heading Brit HaBirionim. Ends strike at request of Chief Rabbi Kook.

1936

1936

1936

May 27: Chaim Weizmann and Zeev Jabotinsky meet in London, at Jabotinsky's initiative. Later Jabotinsky writes to Weizmann that dialogue will continue, "to examine possibility of united front and plan viability".

1939

1939

1939

May 29: Jabotinsky requires that Etzel adopt martial ethic, following retaliation in Beer Adas village, where four Arab women were killed accidently: "Better not to fire than to endanger a woman".

1939 (1)

1939

1939

May 17: Colonial Secretary MacDonald White Paper Published. Britain reneges on commitment to establish Jewish National Home in Eretz Israel, forbids Jewish immigration and limits land purchases by Jews.

1947

1947

1947

May 4: Etzel fighters break through Acre Prison walls, freeing 41 fighters. During retreat six escapees killed, eight caught. Three attackers caught and hanged (Weiss, Haviv, Nakar). Action expedited conclusion of British Mandate.

1948

1948

1948

May 14: State of Israel established. Day before conclusion of Mandate over Eretz Israel, David Ben-Gurion declares establishment of state. Ceremony held in home of Mayor Dizengoff (Independence Hall), Tel Aviv.

1977

1977

1977

May 17: Likud wins General Elections (Ninth Knesset), first time since first elections to Knesset. Subsequently Likud remains main factor in most Israel governments. Menachem Begin becomes sixth Prime Minister.

1981

1981

1981

May 9: Poet Uri Tzvi Greenberg dies, Israel Prize Recipient in Hebrew Literature. Among his books: The Book of Indictment and Faith (1937) and Streets of the River (1951). Herut Knesset member.