How Israel Created Its Declaration of Independence


This whiteboard video shows how Israel wrote its Declaration of Independence in 1948 using the U.S. Declaration and the U.S. Constitution as sources.

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The video helps students understand why David Ben-Gurion had a small committee create a Declaration for him to read to the world May 14, 1948. The video provides a quick view at the Declaration's sections, goals and sources and can serve as a starting point for a student assignment analyzing the document in comparison with the U.S. Declaration or in how it represents the ideals of the state.

The full text, with a detailed introduction, is available at



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