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Webinar: The Path to Independence and Recognition: Why San Remo Matters

May 14, 2020, 11AM ET / 6PM Israel

On “Israel Independence Day,” join a special online program to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the May 14, 1948 Declaration of the State of Israel, and its immediate recognition by the United States, and to mark the important Centennial of the San Remo Conference.

Greetings from the State of Israel:  

Ambassador Dani Dayan, Consul General of Israel in New York

Panel discussion featuring:

  • Dr. Elana Heideman, Executive Director of Israel Forever Foundation
  • Col. Richard Kemp, Commander British Forces (ret.)
  • Erica Kushner, incoming Mazkirol for Habonim Dror North America 
  • Arsen Ostrovsky, The Israeli-Jewish Congress & International Human Rights Lawyer
  • Prof. Gil Troy, Historian and Author, The Zionist Ideas


Delegates to the San Remo conference in Italy, 25 April 1920

In 2020 we mark an important Zionist anniversary – the Centennial of the San Remo Conference.

By 1920, the Ottoman Empire had been defeated by Great Britain, France and their allies in World War I.  The San Remo Conference, held in that town in Italy from April 19-26, 1920, was convened to determine the boundaries of the post-Ottoman Middle East.  It was at this conference where the Balfour Declaration, the historic British statement of 1917, calling for the establishment of a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine, became part of the international consensus.  The United Kingdom was tapped as the mandatory power with the obligation to implement the Balfour Declaration.  The San Remo Resolution gave international legal confirmation and legitimacy to the Balfour Declaration and helped lead to the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. 


Israel Forever Foundation
Why You Should Know San Remo
Video – San Remo’s Mandate: Israel’s ‘Magna Carta’

Jewish Virtual Library
Pre-State Israel: The San Remo Conference

World Zionist Organization
San Remo 100 Video

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo
April 2020 Letter

Canadian Jewish News
The Forgotten History Of What The Jews Gained At The San Remo Conference

European Coalition for Israel
ECI marks San Remo anniversary ahead of 2020 centennial
The 100th anniversary of the San Remo Conference

UK Lawyers for Israel
San Remo Centenary – Information And Resources

Canadian Antisemitism Education Foundation (CAEF)
San Remo 100 and Its Place in History

New York Times, April 26, 1920
Zionist Rejoicings. British Mandate For Palestine Welcomed

Council on Foreign Relations
San Remo Resolution

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