Declaration of Establishment of State of Israel

Declaration of Establishment of State of Israel

Tel-Aviv, 1948

  • Negative no. : 7837
The Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel was approved at a festive session of the Peoples Council, comprised of representatives of the yishuv (the Jewish community in Palestine) and the Zionist movement, on Friday, May 14, 1948, several hours before the British Mandate for Palestine came to an end.

On May 13, 1948, Rudi receives a hollow and secret telegram to photographers on 30 Allenby St., with a personal invitation to the State of Israel proclamation at the Tel Aviv Museum Building at 16 Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv the following day.
Rudi was among the few photographers allowed to enter the hall and document the historic event, and this image became the most recognized image of the Declaration of Independence.

In the entire ceremony, Rudi took only 26 photographs, in a square format. When asked how it might be that the moment of "The Hope" singing did not document, Rudi replied, "At that moment I was not a photographer.
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