Israel kicked off its Independence Day celebrations. The Jewish state’s 56th birthday began at sundown Monday, when 16 athletes lit candles at a blue-ribbon ceremony at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem. The event also ended the memorial day for Israel’s war dead. Fireworks displays and barbeques took place nationwide Monday night.
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