April 25

History events
1288 — (21th of Iyar, 5048) At Troyes, thirteen Jews chosen from among the richer members of the community were condemned by the Inquisition to perish in the flames because of “the pretended murder of a Christian child.”
1846 — (29th of Nisan, 5606) The United Order of True Sisters, the first independent national women’s organization in America, held its first meeting. Organized at Temple Emanu-El in New York City, the United Order of True Sisters (UOTS) was conceived as a female counterpart to the male Jewish B’nai B’rith organization (founded in 1843), but functioning separately
1881 — (26th of Nisan, 5641) Anti-Semitic league of Germany presents a petition with 255,000 signatures to Bismarck
1894 — (19th of Nisan, 5654) “The Samaritan Pentateuch” published today described the text from 1232 which is in the possession of the Lenox Library. It contains thirty chapters of the Book of Genesis which are not found in the copies of the Samaritan Pentateuch in the possession of the British Library or the Vatican Library. The text is written in Hebrew and contains the Samaritan version of the Five Books of Moses
1944 — (2th of Iyar, 5704) Joel Brand, a member of the Relief and Rescue Committee of Budapest, was summoned to a meeting with Adolf Eichmann, who presented him with an offer that would be known as «Blood for Trucks. «Eichmann told Brand that the highest SS authorities had approved the terms, in which Eichmann would barter «a million Jews» for goods obtained outside of Hungary, including 10,000 trucks for civilian use, or, as an alternative, for use on the eastern front. The 1 million Jews would have to leave the country-since Eichmann had promised that Hungary would be Judenrein-and might head for any destination other than Palestine, since he had promised the Mufti of Jerusalem that no Jews would be allowed to emigrate there. To negotiate the effectuation of the deal, Eichmann let Brand leave Hungary. Although Brand was unaware of it at the time, the offer was evidently connected with an attempt by Himmler to drive a wedge between the Western Allies and the Soviet Union, and to conclude a separate peace with the former. Brand did go to Ankara, Jerusalem, and Cairo, and he negotiated with American officials and leaders of the Jewish Agency for Palestine. However, he was arrested and imprisoned in Cairo, and the rescue scheme was never implemented
1946 — (24th of Nisan, 5706) The French ship Champollion brought 880 Jewish refuges with Palestine immigration certificates to Haifa today from Marseille. Of the group, 500 were children, mostly orphans.” Many of the immigrants were concentration camp survivors; A force of Jewish fighters attacked a police station in northern Tel Aviv killing seven British soldiers and policemen while wounding two other Britons and nine Jewish civilians. The Jewish fighters got away without suffering any casualties and have apparently escaped the security cordon created by the British
1948 — (16th of Nisan, 5708) A reporter for The Times of London (the voice of the British establishment) described the efforts of the Jewish leaders in Haifa to convince the Arab residents to remain. “The Jews wish the Arabs to settle down again to normal routine, but evacuation continues.” While the Haganah was distributing leaflets urging the Arabs to stay, the Arab High Command based in Damascus was urging them to leave supposedly to avoid Arab casualties when Arab planes would bomb Haifa. The planes never came, but the Arabs took flight and the “refugee problem” was born
1950 — (8th of Iyar, 5710) Prime Minister David Ben Gurion addressed the Zionist General Council on the sixth day of its meeting in Jerusalem. Ben Gurion told the leaders from around the world that “their financial and other aid to Israel did not entitle them to a voice in the affairs of Israel.” While acknowledging the importance of aid and support from the Jewish communities in the Diaspora, Ben Gurion took the classical Zionist line that “only Zionists who came to Israel and assumed the responsibilities of citizenship were entitled to a voice in determining policy.
1979 — (28th of Nisan, 5739) Peace treaty between Israel and Egypt went into effect
1982 — (2th of Iyar, 5742) The Sinai Peninsula was returned by Israel to Egypt, as part of the 1979 Camp David Accord
2007 — (7th of Iyar, 5767) «Makor Rishon» started publishing daily