Happy Chanukah – 2nd night. Kaf Tet beNovember

Happy Chanukah – 2nd night, on the top of Kanyon Hakikar Mall in Petach Tikva

(This post is published a day late. In my defense m’lud, I was babysitting and only got around to publishing after midnight…)

In a fortuitous turn of the calendar this year, the 29th November fell on the second day of Chanukah. Both festivals celebrate the Jewish people’s victory over its enemies and its return to sovereignty and self determination.

Chanukah as I mentioned in my previous post celebrates the Jews’ victory over the Greeks, and 29th November 1947 – or as it is known in the quirky Hebrew way of mixing Hebrew letters with the Gregorian date – Kaf Tet beNovember – was the day that the UN voted to partition the area known as Palestine into a Jewish sector and an Arab sector. You can read the full background at my post here.

As I mentioned in that post, and as Reality in the comments below noted, the UN have an annual Solidarity with Palestine day precisely on this day, 29th November, as a way of sticking it into the eye of the Jewish people, and commiserating with the Palestinians for getting only 78% of the entire lands mandated by that very same UN to be a Jewish homeland. In other words, the UN not only reneged on its own Mandate, it rejects its own vote!

And true to their Jew-hating form they marked it again this year.

Then again, this is the UN, did anyone expect anything else from them? As Reality notes, if the vote had taken place nowadays, it likely wouldn’t have passed.

To be honest the partition vote, Resolution 181, was not the glorious victory that the Maccabees experienced, and immediately following the vote 5 Arab armies invaded the impoverished, ill-armed Jewish state with the declared intent of wiping out the newborn state with all its Jewish population.

Nevertheless the Jewish state was eventually victorious – at the enormous cost of losing the lives of 1% of its population. And despite the unfairness of the partition plan and the betrayal by the British (“perfidious Albion”) the Jews accepted the plan as better than nothing. Not so the Arabs.

The Palestinian Arabs have never forgiven us for winning the war they started and still mourn their nakba, their disaster, to this day.

As former MK Dr. Einat Wilf notes:

Let us celebrate our nation state’s reclamation of sovereignty both 2,000 years ago and today.

!חג אורים שמח

Happy Chanukah!

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4 Responses to Happy Chanukah – 2nd night. Kaf Tet beNovember

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  2. Reality says:

    And 74 years later ,even though it seems like nothing changed,and regarding the “Poor Palestinians” nothing has,but apart from them Egypt has made peace with us,so to the Emirates,and slowly slowly others are joining in the peace initiative, finally realizing that Israel is here to stay with a lot more to offer,than if they would keep refusing to work together with us.This is truly a miracle.Additionally,some of those Arab countries who have started trade agreements and peace initiatives,are becoming fed up with the constant whining of the “Poor Palestinans”, and want them to start to be self sufficient, and to agree to live alongside the Jews(as opposed to having a Judenrein country). They are fed up of pouring billions of dollars into a deep pocket which does nothing to help their own people-apart from the pay to slay program.

  3. Reality says:


    This is how the UN commemorated the partition plan yesterday.
    If today they would vote Israel wouldn’t have a chance.

  4. Brian Goldfarb says:

    It is some years since I read Benny Morris’s book “1948: The First Arab-Israeli War” (I can’t guarantee that “1948” is actually in the title), but I still remember certain of his points (often repeated by Israel’s early leaders) among them that Israel and the Jews would accept a state of any size (in Chaim Weitzman’s words “even if it was the size of a tablecloth”), while the Arabs, not yet Palestinians, only wanted “between the river and the sea”.

    After the UN General Assembly vote and before the Declaration of Independence (as the British delightedly washed their hand of the “problem” of the Palestine Mandate – from the League of Nations, even more of a “chocolate tea-pot” than the UN) numerous Arab militias sprang up. Or, probably more accurately, though Morris doesn’t say so, dusted off the weapons waiting for this, and attempted to throw the Jews into the sea.

    They failed miserably: they lost fighters, weapons and, even more importantly, land, so that, even before the Declaration of Independence, the nascent State of Israel controlled more land than the UN Partition Plan envisioned: more-or-less the pre-’67 Israel. This was despite the relatively heavy losses: Morris estimates that Israel lost proportionately more of their population that the US throughout the whole of World War 2: as Anne notes 1% compared with the USA’s 0.3%.

    It was only after the Declaration of Independence that the 5 Arab armies got involved, and they also got a bloody nose. Morris notes that at one stage, the Haganah (now renamed the Israel Defence Force [IDF]) took a large chunk of the West Bank, part of the original Mandate assigned to Israel by the League in awarding it to the UK. For whatever reason, Ben Gurion and the Sochnut (Jewish Agency) decided to stick to the rest of what they had already taken. Who knows what might have happened had they hung on to it: less of a “refugee” problem within that area?, maybe fewer problems after (which would almost certainly still have happened) the 6 Day war.

    Hindsight is always 20/20 vision, but still…

    The Declaration of Independence was in May 1948 (as the Mandate came to an official end) and Chanukah is always round about this time of year, But, as Anne notes, it’s the correct time to link the victories of the Maccabees and the modern version in the new-born IDF.

    Chag Semeach Chanukah

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