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The first flag of Israel to be flown at UN headquarters in New York on 12 May 1949, a day after Israel was admitted as a member state. Gift of Dr. Harry Levine, Connecticut to the State of Israel. Israel State Archives
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May 12 1949
On November 29, 1948, exactly a year after the approval of the Partition Plan for Palestine, Israel submitted a request for membership of the United Nations. The Security Council discussed the request in December, 1948, but only five members supported it and the decision was deferred. Israel's request was finally approved by the required majority of Security Council members in early March, 1949. At a meeting of the General Assembly on May 11 of that year, Israel was formally accepted as a member of the United Nations, with 37 nations voting in favor and 12 opposed. On the following day, a festive ceremony took place, attended by the members of the Israeli delegation to the United Nations headed by Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett and Israel's UN representative, Abba Eban. At this ceremony, the flag of Israel was unfurled in front of the UN building for the first time. Years later, the original flag was acquired by Dr. Harry Levine, a Jewish dentist and ardent Zionist from Connecticut. In the summer of 1961, Dr. Levine returned the original flag to Israel, and since then it has been held by the Israel State Archives.
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