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Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Israel Independence Day)

  • Tehiya Wants Singer Excluded from Yom Ha’atzmaut Ceremony

    Popular singer Chava Alberstein has become the Jane Fonda of Israel. The right-wing party Tehiya is furious that the dovish vocalist has been chosen to be one of the torch lighters in the traditional ceremony opening Israel Independence Day festivities Tuesday night. Members of the party held a demonstration Sunday on Mount Herzl to protest… More ▸

  • Rightwing Politicians Hold Israel Independence Day Rally in West Bank

    Rightwing politicians denounced the idea of an international conference for Middle East peace at an Independence Day rally in the West Bank settlement of Ariel Monday. Gush Emunim activists marched around Jericho and vowed to “swallow up” the Arab town with a Jewish settlement on the ancient site. But apart from those events, politics were… More ▸

  • Independence Day in Israel

    Israelis celebrated the 38th anniversary of their independence Wednesday without incident but mainly indoors. Unseasonably chilly weather discouraged the usual mass exodus to beaches and picnic grounds. Thousands of residents of the northern border town of Kiryat Shemona participated in Independence Day festivities. Local leaders said it was a gesture of defiance after a Katyusha… More ▸

  • ‘democracy in Israel’ is Theme of Israel’s 38th Independence Day

    Israel will celebrate the 38th anniversary of its independence on Wednesday and the theme this year will be “democracy in Israel.” The Knesset will open its doors to the general public for the first time. It will display Israel’s Declaration of Independence and visitors will hear a recording of the historic Declaration of Independence by… More ▸

  • Somber Independence Day in Israel

    Israelis celebrated the 37th anniversary of their independence today in a less than joyous mood. Festivities were muted. There were far fewer flags on display than in past years, less bunting and ribbon-bedecked portraits of national leaders on commercial premises, more modest decorations and fewer colored lights on public buildings, reflecting budget cuts and the… More ▸

  • Israel Independence Day Events

    Events marking Israel’s 36th anniversary of independence will officially begin here Sunday with a memorial service, sponsored by Israel’s Consulate in New York, for the fallen men and women in the wars of Israel since 1948. The memorial service at Town Hall will be addressed by Naphtali Lavie, the Consul General of Israel. The ceremony… More ▸

  • Independence Day Theme Will Be ‘the Unity of Israel’

    “The unity of Israel” will be the theme of Independence Day, to be celebrated this year on May 7, marking the 36th anniversary of the founding of the Jewish State. According to Yaacov Katz, director of the Government Information Office, the unity theme will embrace more than ties between various groups of the Jewish people…. More ▸

  • Theme of Israel’s Independence Day

    The theme of Israel’s 34th Independence Day celebrated next month, will be “100 years of settlement” and to mark it, II new outpost settlements will be established. Yaacov Schatz, director of the government information center, told a press conference here yesterday. Only three of the settlements will be in Israel proper. Eight will be or… More ▸

  • WZO Plans Hundred of Worldwide Israel Independence Day Activities

    More than 100 Jewish communities throughout the world will celebrate Israel’s 30th anniversary in 273 festive events, it was announced by Avraham Schenker, chairman of the Zionist Executive Festivities Committees. Many of these festivities will be aided by the World Zionist Organization and the Foreign Ministry in cooperation with local Jewish organizations. Teams of Israeli… More ▸