Israeli Declaration of Independence featured in major American newspapers

David Ben-Gurion (left) signing the Israeli Declaration of Independence, held by Moshe Sharet with Eliezer Kaplan looking on, at the Tel Aviv museum on Rothschild Blvd. on May 14, 1948. Credit: GPO.

( To mark Israel’s 66th birthday, the Israeli Declaration of Independence was featured as a full-page advertisement in two of the largest newspapers in the United States—the New York Times and USA Today.

The ad is a collaboration between the Helmsley Trust, which has issued more than $110 million to Israeli organizations since 2009, and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, which is hosting the ad online.

“The Declaration of Independence, with the rights it guarantees for all of Israel’s citizens, is unique among Middle Eastern countries and much of the world. Many people are indifferent to Israel, unaware of its history, diversity and rich culture,” Helmsley trustee Sandor Frankel said in a statement.

“By publishing Israel’s founding document in two of the most widely read newspapers across the country, we will reach many Americans who often don’t have the chance to learn about the deep similarities between our countries due to media coverage that focuses primarily on conflict,” Frankel said. 

Posted on May 5, 2014 .