December 24

History events
1354 — (9th of Tevet, 5115) The Jews of Speyer, Germany were given permission to open a school and synagogue
1496 — (19th of Tevet, 5257) King Emanuel orders all Jews to leave Portugal
1930 — (4th of Tevet, 5691) The Executive of the Jewish Agency announced “that a total of 5,883 Jews entered Palestine during the Jewish Year 5690 (Oct. 1, 1929 to Sept. 30, 1930)
1937 — (20th of Tevet, 5698) The Palestine Post reported that 11 Arabs were killed, scores wounded, and one captured, in a battle fought by a strong police and military force against a large Arab band northeast of Nazareth. An Arab gang attack was repulsed at Kibbutz Alonim. Telephone lines were cut in numerous places throughout the country
1948 — (22th of Kislev, 5709) Egyptian planes attack Nazareth, Haifa and Tel Aviv
1952 — (6th of Tevet, 5713) The Jerusalem Post reported ….. that 80 dunams of land and a house in the Zeita village in the Little Triangle were detached from Israel and handed over to Jordan by the Mixed Israeli-Jordanian Armistice Commission, according to the demarcation armistice lines, agreed upon at the Rhodes armistice negotiations. Arab residents of this area surrendered their Israeli identity cards and became Jordanians
1959 — (23th of Kislev, 5720) At the first post-war Christmas Eve celebrations in 1959, ….. the synagogue and the Cologne memorial for the Victims of the Nazi regime were damaged by two members of the extreme rightist Deutsche Reichspartei, who were later arrested. The synagogue was daubed with black, white and red color paint, and a swastika and the slogan «Juden raus» were added. The desecration of a new synagogue in Cologne, Germany sparked a wave of anti-Jewish incidents throughout Western Europe, the Americas, Australia, and
1969 — (15th of Kislev, 5730) On Christmas Eve, five small boats showing almost no lights slipped out of Cherbourg harbor into the teeth of a Force 9 gale which kept even large freighters from venturing out. Built for the Israel Navy, the vessels had been embargoed at the beginning of the year by French president Charles de Gaulle
2004 — (12th of Kislev, 5765) The Jerusalem Post reported a major archeological discovery. The Israel Antiquities Authority announced that an elaborately paved assembly area and water channel that carried rainwater to the pool of Shiloah (Siloam) during the Second Temple period were uncovered by archeologists digging in Jerusalem’s
2009 — (7th of Tevet, 5770) After months of quiet, a father of seven was shot dead in a drive-by shooting attack near the northern Samaria settlement of Shavei Shomron today.
2013 — (21th of Kislev, 5774) Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Minister Transportation Yisrael Katz dedicated the first train station to be armored against missile attacks in Israel in the southern city of Sderot

1679 — (2th of Shevat, 5440) Today рortuguese physician, philosopher and writer Isaac Cardoso wrote a letter Rabbi Samuel Aboab giving “his views on the derivation of some Spanish words from persons mentioned in the Bible.”
1837 — (26th of Kislev, 5598) Birthdate of Samuel (Shmuel) Polyakov known as the “railroad king” in Russia who was also the co-founder of World ORT
1868 — (10th of Tevet, 5629) Birthdate of Emanuel Lasker, a mathematician who gained fame as a chess player. He was “World Champion” from 1894 through 1921
1918 — (21th of Tevet, 5679) Birthdate of Anwar El Sadat who served as President of Egypt from 1970 until his murder in 1981
1925 — (7th of Tevet, 5686) Birthdate of Yafa Abramov, the native of Giv’at Rambam who gained fame as Yafa Yarkoni an Israeli singer who won the Israel Prize in 1998 for Hebrew song