April 1: WZO and Jewish Agency President Chaim Weizmann, speaking at a press conference in London, voices disappointment over the findings of the Shaw Commission. He says the report implies an exoneration of the Arab mobs and their inciters.
May 14: The head of the political department of the Zionist Executive, Colonel Frederick Kisch is informed by the Deputy High Commissioner that the quota for immigration will be canceled for the coming half year.
August: The enlarged Jewish Agency is formally recognized by the British.
October 20: WZO and Jewish Agency President Chaim Weizmann announces his resignation in protest of the Passfield White Paper. "One thing the Jews will never forgive, and that is having been fooled."
The WZO organizes world-wide protests against the White Paper.
November 6: The British Cabinet appoints a subcommittee to reconsider the policy of the White Paper.
November 14: After a vigorous political battle, during which the Zionist cause was also espoused by many leading figures in Britain and the rest of the world, the British government invites the Jewish delegates to "clarify the points at issue."
December 16: After the violent incident on December 8 (see "Israel") in Nes Ziona, the National Council and the Jewish Agency call upon the public, especially organized workers, to condemn all acts of violence.
December 27: Death of Sir Alfred Mond (Lord Melchett), the British industrialist and statesman. In 1929 he was elected chairman of the Jewish Agency Council, but resigned his post on October 20, 1930, as protest against the Passfield White Paper.
Treasurer of the Jewish Agency: David Werner Senator.
Chairman Settlement Department: Arthur Ruppin.
Chairman of the Immigration Department:
January 6: The Palestine Labor Party - Mapai - is founded. Ahdut HaAvoda (Unity of Labor) and HaPoel HaTzair (The Young Worker) reach an agreement and unite as "Palestine (later Israel) Labor Party", immediately dubbed "Mapai", an acronym of the party's Hebrew name. Noted leaders from Ahdut HaAvoda include David Ben Gurion, Berl Katznelson, Yitzhak Tabenkin, Eliyahu Golomb and David Remez. And from HaPoel HaTzair: Yosef Sprinzak, Eliezer Kaplan and Chaim Arlozoroff.
February 13: The new Moghrabi movie house opens in Tel Aviv.
March 15: Haganah arms concealed in metal safes are discovered during uploading at Haifa port. The British confiscate 148 rifles and 60,000 bullets.
March 21: A delegation of Palestinian Arabs leaves for London to present Arab claims to the British government.
March 31: The Shaw Commission findings are published. The report pleases the Arabs. The issuance of immigration certificates is suspended until the completion of the Hope-Simpson Report.
April 9: A dedication ceremony is held for the Great Synagogue in Tel Aviv.
April 15: The National and University Library is inaugurated on Mount Scopus, Jerusalem.
May 13: Talks between the heads of the Colonial Office and the Palestinian Arab delegation are concluded. Demands to end the growth of the yishuv, immigration and land settlement remain unfulfilled.
May 20: Sir John Hope-Simpson arrives in Palestine.
May 22: The yishuv holds a general strike to protest the blocking of immigration.
June 3: Session of the Permanent Mandate Commission.
June 7: Magen David Adom is founded in Tel Aviv by a group of seven Israeli doctors, as a one-room emergency medical service.
June 16: The British Western Wall Commission arrives in Palestine and collects testimony on the dispute over the Western Wall. The commission concluded that the Muslims had absolute ownership of the Wall. However, the Jews had the uncontested right to worship and to place seats in the street, though not to blow the shofar there. The Arabs objected, and the Jews agreed, except for the last point, considering it a humiliation. Each year nationalist youths would blow the shofar near the wall at the termination of Yom Kippur, which would always lead to the intervention of the British police.
August 22: The Hope-Simpson Report is published.
September 25: Hamashbir Hamerkazi, the main food and equipment supplier of the Histadrut is founded in Afula.
October 1: Statement of policy for Palestine of the British government.
October 20: The White Paper by Colonial Secretary Lord Passfield is published.
December 8: A violent incident breaks out in Nes Ziona during a demonstration of unemployed Jewish workers. Further incidents will occur on 19 December in Petah Tikvah.
December 27: The most exclusive hotel in Palestine opens: The King David Hotel in Jerusalem.
December 30: Report on the Western Wall by the British government.
Mandatory report for 1930.
The Jewish Colonization Association (JCA) settlement in Argentina peaks with over 20.000 settlers.
Salman Schocken (1877-1959) founds the Institute for Research in Hebrew Poetry in Berlin. Heinrich Brody (1868-1942) is appointed its head. The institute will move to Jerusalem in 1933.
Arthur Fiedler (1894-1979) is appointed conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra.
Theodor Lessing (1872-1933), German philosopher, writes "Jüdischer Selbsthass" - "Jewish Self-Hatred", an analysis of Jewish intellectuals who are afflicted with self-hatred, a sickness he has experienced. The return to the land of Palestine will renew the Jewish people, forced to live an unnatural life in Europe. As a student he converted to Christianity but later embraced Zionism and returned to Judaism. In 1933, he will be assassinated by Nazi agents.
Lion Feuchtwanger writes "Erfolg" - "Success", which describes the moral corruption of Germany after WWI that gave Adolf Hitler an advantage. "Erfolg" is considered the first anti-Nazi novel.
In the October Reichstag elections, the number of Nazi party seats rises from 12 to 107. With more than six million votes, it becomes the second-largest party in the German Reichstag.
Alfred Rosenberg (1893-1946), an early Nazi antisemitic propagandist writes "Mythos des 20. Jahrhunderts" - "Myth of the Twentieth Century". He argues that the "Aryan race" is the creator of all values and culture, whereas the "Jewish race" if the corrupter of these values. It is the duty of each German to subdue Jewry's drive for world domination. The book is regarded the Nazi fundamental thinking.
Karl Landsteiner is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.