On Yom Ha'Atzmaut, or Israel's Independence Day, Jews
commemorate the 1948 declaration
by David Ben-Gurion of the birth of a modern Jewish
state in former British-controlled land, ending 2,000
years without a sovereign Jewish Country. Yom Ha'Atzmaut
takes place on the 5th of Iyar, the day after Yom HaZikaron,
Israel's Memorial Day, in order to remember that the
state's existence was fought for by the soldiers who
gave their lives for it. This year, observance of Yom Ha'Atzmaut will begin at sundown on May 9th, 2011. Israelis celebrate the formation
of their state by having parades, parties and watching
fireworks. Diaspora Jews celebrate similarly, often
through parades, rallies in support of Israel and by
Israel's national anthem. People may also celebrate
by immersing themselves in Israeli culture, eating Israeli
listening to Israeli music. Click here
to read the May 15, 1948 New York Times article on Israel's
to JOI's "Intermarriage Q and A" Israel Questions:
the Jews Have Their Own Country?
Brief History of Jews in Israel and the Diaspora
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is the Current Dispute Between the Israelis and Palestinians?
to Israeli Law, Are Converts Considered Jews?
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