Monday, July 23, 2012

July 24 -- Anniversary of the Laying of the "Foundation Stone" for the Hebrew University in 1918

Laying the foundation stone for Hebrew University, July 24, 1918
The dream of establishing a university in Jerusalem had been expressed already in the 1880s. 

Finally, just seven months after World War I and the defeat of the Turkish-German army in Jerusalem, the foundation stone for Hebrew University was laid on Mt. Scopus on July 24, 1918.

Chaim Weizmann, the man who became Israel's first president 30 years later, was in attendence.  So was Gen. Edmund Allenby, the commander of the British forces who captured Palestine.

More pictures and details can be found in an earlier posting, "Great Moments in Hebrew University's History."

British High Commissioner Herbert Samuel
(left) and Winston Churchill planting a tree
at Hebrew University site (1921)

Lord Balfour inaugurating Hebrew University (1925)

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