Zionist leader David Ben-Gurion was the first Prime Minister of Israel.
He was close friends with Hungarian-born photojournalist Paul Goldman, whose best-known photograph is of Ben-Gurion doing a headstand at the beach.
Goldman’s only child, a daughter, was born on 29 November 1947 — the date the UN adopted Resolution 181, the Partition Plan intended to establish a Jewish state and an Arab state in Palestine.
Goldman asked Ben-Gurion what he ought to name the baby girl. Ben-Gurion suggested the very unusual name Medina, the Hebrew word for “state,” and Goldman took his suggestion.
- Goodman, Rabbi James Stone. “The Forgotten Photographs of Paul Goldman, Chronicler of Israel.” Congregation Neve Shalom website.
- Halkin, Talya. “The Forgotten Negatives.” Jerusalem Post 24 Sept. 2004: 38.
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