|John Duffy||Score Composer|
|Arnold Labaton||Executive Producer|
|Marc Siegel||Executive Producer|
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Cast: Alan Rosenthal
Part nine of this documentary chronicles Jewish history after Britain's Balfour Declaration of 1917 supports establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine, part of the Ottoman Empire. After the U.N. validates the declaration in 1922, Jews begin migrating to Palestine. The influx increases as Jews flee Nazi Germany. After the Nazis murder six million Jews in World War II, surviving Jews flock to Palestine. To appease angry Arabs, Britain halts immigration. Jews continue to enter the country secretly. Finally, in 1947, the U.N. votes to partition Palestine and designate Jerusalem a neutral city. In 1948, the British withdraw from Palestine, and Jews proclaim the birth of a new country: Israel. In the next three years, half a million Jews migrate to Israel from 42 countries. Many of them work at kibbutzim (collective farms), where everyone is equal. Meanwhile, Israel creates its own army and repels Arab attacks, winning the admiration of Jews everywhere. In the 1967 war with Egypt, Israel captures a great prize, Jerusalem, and Jews worldwide then bend their efforts toward liberating Soviet Jews, eventually winning concessions. Whether or not lasting peace will bless Israel, the documentary says, depends on whether Arabs and Israelis can learn to co-exist. ~ Mike Cummings, All Movie Guide
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