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Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Israel Independence Day)

  • Israel Preparing for Independence Day; Air Force to Hold Center of Stage

    Israel’s Air Force will hold center stage on Independence Day, May 11–the 22nd anniversary of the establishment of Israel. Formation flights over Jerusalem and other major cities will be the chief display of military might, in contrast with former years when massed troops, tanks and armored vehicles were paraded through the streets. Official celebrations will… More ▸

  • Solemn Memorial Day Observances in Israel Proceed Independence Day Celebrations

    Israel observed a solemn memorial day today for its fallen soldiers and the men and women who fought for independence in the pre-statehood era. The memorial period was ushered in by the wailing of sirens yesterday evening. When the sirens sound again tonight, they will mark the start of Israel’s 21st Independence Day celebrations. A… More ▸

  • 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 ▸