Establishment of the State of Israel
Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) Hillel Collection
The Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel was signed on Friday, May 14, 1948, in Tel Aviv. At the time it was read publicly to indicate the establishment of the State of Israel. Its text was hotly debated by various groups coming together to establish the Jewish State, reaching its final version only the day of the signing.
Twelve of the thirty-seven signatories were unable to attend the official ceremony due to a siege on Jerusalem, and had to add their signatures a month later.