In Memorium Of Ya'acov Salomon
Ya'acov Salomon, the son of Hayim Salomon and the grandson of Yoel Moshe Salomon, the founder of Petah Tikva, was born in Jerusalem in January 1905 and died on January 16, 1980.
Ya'acov Salomon was one of the most senior lawyers in Israel, well before the declaration of the state in 1948. He participated in all aspects of public life for decades. Prior to 1948 he was active in the public purchase of land and in the legal defense of Haganah activists arrested by the British. He took part in the liberation of Haifa during the War of Independence and subsequently became involved in the establishment of the economic foundation of Israel. He took a special interest in Haifa and the establishment of numerous industrial plants. His prestigious position in the legal community of Israel led to his involvement in the most exciting court cases of his time. Of particular renown is his involvement in the courageous release of the 'Cherbourg boats' from the restrictions of the embargo which prevailed at the time.
Ya'acov Salomon was an amateur sailor and was among the founders, and the first president of the Carmel Yachting Club in Haifa. He was also one of the founders of the National Maritime Museum in Haifa. Recently, his family established the Ya'acov Salomon Disbursement Fund to support the research activity of the Center for Maritime Studies at the University of Haifa.