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Mazel Tov: Jean Dubinsky, daughter of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union President, marries Air Force veteran Shelley Appleton. The couple were married in the presence of their families at a ceremony performed by Dr. Israel Goldstein (above right), rabbi of congregation B’nai Jeshurun in New York.

1916 100 Years Ago

According to columnist Moyshe Olgin, the Arabs of Palestine are a primitive people who consider the land to be a holy inheritance and perceive the Jewish colonists as unwanted guests who want to steal it away from them. They have no love for the Turkish rulers who sold much of the land to Jews, land where their fathers and grandfathers are buried, and they consider the Jews to be thieves. Olgin also accuses the Jews of exploiting Arab workers, forcing them to work land that no longer belongs to them. As a result, the anger of the Arabs grows and they have declared a holy war against the heretical foreigners. The Arabs are at war with the Jews. It is a quiet, stubborn, systematic, long-lasting, bitter war. They destroy the crops of the Jews, they steal their animals, they beat and kill the colonists. This isn’t something that’s done by a few bad people, but by all of them — entire families, entire villages.

1941 75 Years Ago

In the Dutch town of Leiden, at the large university there, Eduard Mauers, a well-known Jewish professor and jurist, was recently removed from his post by the Nazi occupiers of Holland. After a career of 30 years lecturing and teaching thousands of students, he was locked out of his office by the Germans. His non-Jewish Dutch colleagues held a meeting the following day and discussed what an absolute disgrace it was that a man of such high academic stature had not only been thrown out of his position, but that he could soon expect to be shipped off to a concentration camp in Germany. One of his colleagues, Professor Kleweringau, read a fiery speech in defense of Mauers, in which he also denounced the Germans. Kleweringau understood what he was doing and anticipated his own arrest. When the Germans did arrest him, numerous students held a demonstration that was suppressed by the Nazis. It is amazing that even in these dark days, sparks of humanity can be found.

1966 50 Years Ago

Egyptian dictator Gamal Abdel Nasser has accused Saudi Arabia’s King Faisal, King Hussein of Jordan, and the United States of uniting against him and attempting to place obstacles in the path of Egypt’s plans and goals. Nasser made these accusations during an official trip to India’s capital, New Delhi. He also complained that the United States had recently signed an accord with Israel to sell them military aircrafts, which Nasser claimed will not be used for defensive purposes as claimed by the Israelis and that they will likely be used in aggressions against Egypt and Syria. Additionally, he expressed anger that the United States continues to arm Egypt’s other enemies, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Meanwhile, Indian journalists asked Nasser about his relations with the USSR and he responded that not only are they excellent, but that they can expect more support, both economic and military, from Moscow.

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