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Lot #    20211
Auction End Date    4/1/2008 10:39:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    'Am Yisrael shoneh mishe'ar umot haolam
Title (Hebrew)    עם ישראל שונה מכל אומות העולם
Author    [Community - Polemic - Only Ed.]
Publication Date    [1972]
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Small poster 330:210 mm., light age staining, creased.
   A poster which calls for a demonstration to take place on Sunday in order to remedy the decree called "Shabbaton Harehev"--a day of rest for the cars.

The poster begins by recounting how the Roman Empire used to keep its citizens happy by providing them with bread and games (i.e. gladiators, etc) in the ancient arenas.

It then continues by highlighting how keeping the Sabbath has been an important part of Jewish life--how not only have the Jews kept the Sabbath, the Sabbath has guarded Israel.

In the current economic situation, the Minister of Transportation has called for a day wherein one would not drive, as the European countries were doing. However, as opposed to calling for everyone not to drive on the Sabbath, which would enhance "keeping the Sabbath", Minister Gad Yaacobi worried that there was no public transportation on that day, and people would not be able to go to soccer games, for example.

The demonstration is called to protest his decision, and remind people that Israel is not Rome, and that the Jews are not like the slaves of ancient Rome.

Paragraph 2    Gad Yaacobi (Hebrew: גד יעקבי‎, born 18 January 1935, died 27 August 2007) was an Israeli Minister, Alignment Knesset member, and Israel Ambassador to the United Nations. Yaacobi was born in Kfar Vitkin during Mandate era, where he completed his high-school studies. His academic studies were economics and political science at the Tel Aviv University. From 1960 to 1961 he served as an assistant to the Agriculture Minister of Israel, and from 1961 to 1966 as head of the Center for Planning and Economic Development in the Agriculture Ministry, appointed by Moshe Dayan. In 1965 Yaacobi was among the founders of the Rafi party. When Rafi merged into the Labor Party (which formed part of the alliance known as the Alignment), he was appointed to the party's bureau. In the 1969 election, he was elected to the Knesset, and in 1972 was appointed Deputy Transportation Minister. In 1974 he was appointed Transportation Minister by Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, a position he held until the 1977 election. In 1984, in the joint Alignment – Likud government, Yaacobi served as Minister of Economy & Planning until 1987, when he was appointed Minister of Communications – a position he held again in the 21st Israeli government, from 1988 to 1990. After not being elected to the 13th Knesset, Yaacobi was appointed Ambassador to the United Nations (September 1992 - June 1996). Upon his return to Israel, he was appointed chairman of the Israel Electric Corporation, a position he held until 1998, and in 2000 he was appointed chairman of the Israel Ports and Railways Authority. He also served as a lecturer at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzlia, and in the management of several non-profit organizations. Yaacobi published 15 books, among them three for children, and two of poetry. He also wrote articles for several periodicals.
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Language:    Hebrew
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