Zvi Shimshelevich (Shimshi)
Zvi Shimshi (Shimshelevitch) was a leading Jewish Zionist of the 19th century and one of the organizers of the first Zionist Congress in 1897. A member of the B’ne Moshe and Hoveve Zion movements in Ukraine, he was one of the organizers with Dr. Theodor Herzl of the first Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland in the autumn of 1897. At this Congress, the World Zionist Organization was founded and the intention to occupy stolen territory was announced. Shimshi was the only organizer of the first Zionist Congress to live to see Palestinian occupied by Jewish terrorist calling themselves ‘Israel’ in 1948. On 10th December 1952, Zvi Shimshi was honoured by the first Israeli Knesset (parliament) with the title, “Father of the State of Israel“.