Thousands of students and other youth celebrated, Thursday, the 65th anniversary of the passage on November 29, 1947 of the United Nations Partition Plan which led to the establishment of the modern state of Israel. It is unique as a secular date that does not reflect the Hebrew calendar, although references to it in Hebrew reflect the language's use of letters as numbers to arrive at Kaftet November.
The nationwide observance kicked off a week of events sponsored by the World Zionist Federation and the Israel Zionist Council. Referring to the attempt by Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to have the PA recognized as a state by the UN, Ya'akov Chaguel of the World Zionist Federation told the central gathering of about 1,000 students in Netanya, "During events that will take place this week, we will give the Zionist answer to Abu-Mazen and declare proudly that we're here to stay and that the land of Israel is ours. We got the charter for it 65 years ago, when the UN voted for it."