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Chanukah 1917


The Jewish struggle for a homeland was far from over. While not achieving the anticipated result, the British conquest of Jerusalem had indeed been significant. Under British rule, the Jews were able to build an infrastructure, though that alone was not sufficient. There would be many struggles and sacrifices on the part of Palestine’s Jews as they eventually succeeded in ousting the British and then defending the newborn state against enemy attacks.

What the shift of powers during Chanukah 1917 did accomplish was to bring the Jews one big step closer to the eventual establishment of the State of Israel.

Larry Domnitch is an educator and author.

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