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Man Alive: Jews in Israel

The Story

 Who is a Jew in Israel? That's the big question being asked in this 1973 episode of Man Alive. "A Jew is a man who believes he is a part of Jewish history; that whatever happens to Jewish history happens to him," says Israeli foreign minister Abba Eban. He's just one of many expressing views on the subject in this hour-long documentary, which explores Jewish/Israeli identity - the nationalistic elements, the religious elements, and the role of tradition and history in modern Israeli identity.

Medium: Television
Program: Man Alive
Broadcast Date: April 30, 1973
Duration: 57:10

Did You know?

• This Man Alive episode was produced to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the State of Israel. In 1947, the United Nations decided to partition the British mandated territory of Palestine into Jewish and Arab territories. This led to the official creation of the Israeli state on May 14, 1948, as a sovereign homeland for Jews. The Arabs did not agree with the UN partition plan, however, and the conflict associated with this has yet to be resolved.

• According to the Oxford Guide to Countries of the World, "By the end of the 20th century the population (of Israel) was 80 per cent Jewish, of whom more than half were native-born and the remainder immigrants. Immigration accelerated after 1989 with the arrival of more than 800,000 Jews from the former Soviet Union."





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