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Distinguished Speaker Series (virtual): Shmuel Giler

Date: Monday, April 19, 2021

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Virtually via Zoom

Contact: Shari Berman

Phone: 703.537.3068


Distinguished Speaker Series: Shmuel Giler
May 1, 1921 – A Turning Point in Arab-Jewish Relations
Monday, April 19, noon-1pm

Featuring: Shmuel Giler, Architect and Historian, Ph.D. Candidate, Israel Studies Department of the University of Haifa

May 1, 1921 was a crucial day and a turning point in the history of the Zionist movement in Eretz Israel. The momentum for creating a Jewish homeland in Palestine following the Balfour Declaration of 1917, was brought to a halt on this day. While the labor movements in Tel Aviv were holding the first May-Day parade, a brutal assault on the new immigrants’ hostel (Beit Hachalutz), run by the Zionist leadership in Jaffa, ended in the murder of 16 new immigrants and left 26 injured. Among them were 2 of  Giler’s uncles; one was killed and the other survived. This is his family’s story and that of a budding new nation as the British opened up a Pandora’s box.

On May 1, 2021, the 100-year anniversary of the Jaffa Riots -- the first armed encounter between the Zionist movement and the new emerging Palestinian nationalism -- will be commemorated in Israel.

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