|Women led by (right to left) Ben-Zvi, Herzog and Yellin protesting|
the British White Paper (May 22, 1939). Library of Congress
caption: "The procession of young women raising their right
hands in attestation to their claim."
|The women hearing speakers on Jaffa Rd|
|Protesters marching on King George St.|
The sign they carry on the left translates
roughly to "There is no betrayal for the
Eternal of Israel"
In 1939, the British government headed by Neville Chamberlain issued the "MacDonald White Paper," a policy paper which called for the establishment of a single Palestine state governed by Arabs and Jews based on their respective populations. The White Paper was approved by the British Parliament in May 1939, thus signing the death sentences of millions of Jews precisely when the Nazi tide was threatening to engulf Europe.
|Women protesters against the British White Paper stopped near|
the King David Hotel by a cordon of British police
|Mrs. Yellin (left) and Rabbanit Herzog|
Chaim Herzog served as Israel's president (1983-1993) after serving in Israel's military and as ambassador to the United Nations. Many recall the ambassador standing at the UN podium tearing up the "Zionism is racism" resolution, an action once taken by his father, the chief rabbi, at the May 18, 1939 demonstration where he tore up the British White Paper.
Chaim Herzog's son, Yitzchak, serves in Israel's Knesset, and son Michael is a general in the IDF reserves.
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