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Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Israel Independence Day)

  • Coveted ‘israel Prize’ Given to Four on Eve of Independence Day

    Four Israelis were today named the winners of the coveted Israel Prize, given each year on the eve of Independence Day for outstanding achievement in various fields. This year’s winners were: Dr. Zeev Ben Hayim, professor of Hebrew at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem; Dr. Moshe Rachmilewitz, head of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Hospital in Jerualem;… More ▸

  • Israel Cabinet Decides to Hold Independence Day Parade in Beershlba

    The Cabinet decided to hold this year’s Independence Day parade on April it to Beersheba, in response to requests from that city’s mayor and from various settlements in the Negev. Beersheba will hence forth be included in the last of cities which will be next the to the parade of a rotating basic More ▸

  • New York City Observes Israel’s Independence Day

    New York City observed Israel’s Independence Day here officially today with colorful ceremonies at City Hall Plaza, watched by about 2, 000 persons. Ranking members of the city’s administration, headed by Mayor Robert F.Wagner, led in the celebration. Ambassador Katriel Katz, Israel’s Consul-General in New York, received from the Mayor the official embossed city document… More ▸

  • Israel Starts Independence Day Celebration; Ben-gurion Warns Nation

    Calling upon the nation to “show no fear” but to indulge in “no calm, ” Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion warned here tonight, in a national radio broadcast on the eve of Israel’s celebration of its 15th anniversary, that “the utmost alertness must be maintained. ” He said that the current situation in the Middle East… More ▸

  • Israel Nabs Reds Trying to Mar Independence Day; Most Arabs Join Fete

    A strong police contingent swooped down today on a number of homes in the Arab village of Taiyiba, near the Jordan border, about 10 miles southwest of Tiberias, and made a number of arrests. The raid followed the desecration of 20 Israeli flags on Independence Day eve. Officials said those arrested were known to be… More ▸

  • Wagner Proclaims Israel Independence Day at City Hall; Calls for Peace

    Before a capacity audience of more than 1,000 persons in the New York City Council chamber, with a large, overflow crowd jamming City Hall Plaza, Mayer Robert F. Wagner today formally proclaimed the municipality’s official observance of Israel Independence Day. He read a special message, hailing Israel’s anniversary, from President Kennedy. Israel’s Consul-General Aryeh Eshel… More ▸

  • Israel Opens Independence Day Events with Mourning for 12,000 Casualties

    One-minute blasts of sirens and of ship, factory and train whistles sounded throughout Israel this morning, to mark the start of services for Israel’s war dead. Memorial Day, traditionally, ushers in the observance of Israel’s Independence Day, and commemorates the 12, 000 servicemen and women who were killed or lost as missing in action in… More ▸

  • Israel Announces Plans for Celebration of Independence Day Next Week

    Complete plans for the official celebration of Israel’s 14th annual Independence Day, to be observed formally next Wednesday, were announced here today. The modern State of Israel was officially born at 12:01 A. M., on May 15, 1948, which was the 5th of Iyar on the Hebrew calendar–falling this year on May 9. In accordance… More ▸

  • New York Governor Designates May 9th As Israel Independence Day

    In an official proclamation designating May 9 as the Fourteenth Anniversary of the establishment of Israel’s statehood, Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller today declared that the “stability of Israel offers the possibility of permanent peace in the Middle East.” Attending the ceremonies in the Governor’s New York office were Dr. Miriam Freund, chairman of the executive… More ▸

  • Jordan Protests Against Israel’s Planned Independence Day Parade

    Jordan today made its annual formal protest to the Israel-Jordan Mixed Armistice Commission against Israel’s plans to hold its annual Independence Day parade in Jerusalem. Jordan contended that the heavy guns and tanks planned to be included in the parade were contrary to the armistice agreement. The agreement does limit the size and quantity of… More ▸