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May 20, 2011

100 Years In The Forward

Thirteen-year-old Willie Bublik, a resident of Manhattan’s East Harlem, was arrested and handed over to the Children’s Aid Society for slashing the face of 13-year-old Fanny Brodsky. Willie claimed that he did not slash the girl with a knife — he punched her with his fist. Regardless, Fanny required a trip to the doctor, who stitched her up. Willie said he attacked the girl, apparently his former girlfriend, because she went to Coney Island with another boy, who bought her some candy. Having accosted Fanny on the street, Willie demanded she throw away the candy. After she refused, he began to beat her up. His case will be heard in Children’s Court.

75 Years In The Forward

After years of arduous work, the port of Tel Aviv finally opened, to great fanfare. The first “Jewish” port in the world has fired the imaginations of the entire yishuv, the Jewish community. The first ship to arrive in the port was the Yugoslavian ship, Tshetvarti, which brought tons of cement to Tel Aviv for the Marcus Building Company. The enthusiasm of the thousands of people who came to the new port just to see the cement being offloaded was enormous. Tel Aviv’s mayor, Meir Dizengoff, was brought from a hospital to attend the port’s opening. He was greeted with great applause. The first bag of cement carried off the ship was taken to the Museum of Tel Aviv, which will archive it as an important building block in the history of the building of the Land of Israel.

50 Years In The Forward

Israeli Premier David Ben-Gurion launched yet another attack on American Jews, saying that supporting Zionism is “senseless” unless it means settling in Israel. This is not the first time the prime minister has attacked American Jews for not making immigration to Israel a priority. Speaking in the Knesset, after American Jewish Committee President Jacob Blaustein, Ben-Gurion was offered the opportunity to recant, but replied, “I have no basis on which to retract even one word.” It was decided that he would allocate time for a full debate on the issue, though it is not known when that when that will take place.

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