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Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 9:18 am

There’s no doubt that the declaration of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948, was both joyous and frightening for the Valley’s Jewish community. A day after Israel’s future and first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, declared the establishment of the Jewish state, Egypt, Syria, Transjordan and Iraq attacked the fledgling nation.

The Jewish News, which also began in 1948, was a semi-monthly publication, with its first issue after the declaration hitting the streets on May 21. Obviously, the story had been heavily covered by other news organizations prior to then, so the Jewish News carried a simple headline, reading, “Israel Confident As Fight Begins.” However, most of the issue was devoted to continuing and increasing efforts to raise money for the young Jewish state.

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