Ben-Zvi, Itzhak

Born: Nov 24, 1884 AD
Died: 1963 AD, at 78 years of age.

Nationality: Israeli
Categories: Politician

Israeli (Polish-born) politician, historian and Labor Zionist leader


1884 - Born on the 24th of November in Poltava, Ukraine.


1907 - Emigrated to Palestine and settled in Jaffa.


1909 - Organized the Gymnasia High School in Jerusalem together with Rachel Yannait.


1912-1914 - Studied Law in Constantinople (now Istanbul), with future Israeli Prime Minister David Ben Gurion.


1914 - Returned to Palestine but expelled by the Ottoman authorities in 1915.


1918 - Ben-Zvi married Rachel Yannait.


1919 - He helped found the Achdut HaAvodah (Labor Union) party.


         - Elected to the Jerusalem City Council and to the National Council.


1948 - Ben-Zvi was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence on 14th of May.


1952-1963 - Elected President of Israel on 8th of December and served as president until his death.


1963 - He died on 23rd of April in Jerusalem, Israel.


Today his photo appears on 100 NIS bills.




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