Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Israel Independence Day)

  • 600,000 Cheer Israel’s Independence Day Military Parade in Jerusalem

    An estimated 600,000 persons — about one-fourth of the country’s population – watched Israel’s 20th anniversary Independence Day parade wind through the streets of a united Jerusalem under brilliant skies this morning while units of Israel’s air force put on a spectacular display of power and acrobatic skill overhead. The parade had become the subject… More ▸

  • Memorial Day Observances Precede Israel’s Celebration of Independence

    Israel today observed Memorial Day, an occasion of national mourning for the nation’s war dead. The observance was officially opened when President Zalman Shazar kindled a memorial candle in his home last night. Today he lit a memorial flame in Bar Kochba Square in Jerusalem in the presence of an honor guard of veterans of… More ▸

  • Johnson, in Independence Day Message, Urges Israel to Seek a Just Peace

    President Johnson today hailed Israel on the occasion of its 20th anniversary, as a state that has set “an outstanding example of how people of widely disparate backgrounds can achieve a thriving democratic nation.” He also expressed confidence that Israel will work toward a just peace acceptable to itself and its neighbors. The words were… More ▸

  • Israel Assembles Transportation for Independence Day Parade Spectators

    Special transportation from all parts of Israel is being arranged to carry Israelis and tourists to the viewing stands in Jerusalem for the Independence Day military parade that is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. local time on May 2, government authorities announced today. The parade, marking Israel’s 20th anniversary, will start in East Jerusalem. More ▸

  • Israel’s Independence Day Celebrated Widely in New York; Mayor Issues Proclamation

    Israel’s Independence Day was celebrated widely here today with official diplomatic receptions, a proclamation by Mayor John V. Lindsay, special assemblies conducted by Zionist and other Jewish organizations, and statements pledging continued support for Israel in its struggle for peace with its Arab neighbors, issued by leaders of many Jewish organizations. Two official Israeli receptions… More ▸

  • U.S. Criticized in Congress for Ignoring Israel’s Independence Day Parade

    Congress was today asked how America is acting to deter Arab aggression against Israel “when we don’t even recognize that country to the extent of having our ambassador or the U.S. military attache attend the Independence Day parade in her capital city.” Rep. Seymour Halpern, New York Republican, speaking on the floor of the House,… More ▸

  • Israel President Offers ‘hand of Peace’ to Arabs in Independence Day Message

    Israel’s hand of peace to its Arab neighbors was extended today by President Zalman Shazar in a message of greetings on the occasion of the 19th anniversary of Israel’s independence which will be celebrated next Monday. Mr Shazar regretfully noted that “the harmony in which we wish to live with our neighbors is very slow… More ▸

  • Ben-Gurion Refuses to Attend Israel’s Independence Day Parade in Jerusalem

    David Ben-Gurion. former Prime Minister of Israel, today announced that he will not attend Israel’s Independence Day military parade, which is to take place in Jerusalem on May 15. It is understood that his refusal to participate in the parade is due to his being opposed to the curtailment of the display of armament at… More ▸

  • Israel to Hold Independence Day Military Parade in Jerusalem

    A senior military official said at headquarters here today that the annual Independence Day parade will be held in Jerusalem on May 15 without tanks or air force display and that it would be the smallest parade in the history of these everts. The official said that the parade would be staged within the limits… More ▸

  • British Leaders Pledge Support for Israel on Independence Day

    Both Britain’s Labor Government and the opposition Conservative Party pledged support for Israel and called for Arab-Israeli peace at a mass celebration of Israel’s Independence Day, held here last night at Albert Hall. The guest of honor was Mrs. Golda Meir, Israel’s former Foreign Minister. The event, conducted by the Zionist Federation of Great Britain,… More ▸