Birth of Israel

Mumbai terror orphan launches Israel's independence day

By Jennifer Lipman, May 10, 2011

The orphaned son of the Israeli couple killed during the Mumbai terror attack in 2009 helped open Israel's Independence Day celebrations.

Moshe Holtzberg, now four, was at the official ceremony at Jerusalem's Mount Herzl last night to light a torch marking 63 years since Israel's birth.

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Yom Ha'atzmaut 5771

By Jennifer Lipman, May 10, 2011

British Jews party for Israel's 63rd birthday

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Israeli leaders remember casualties of war

By Jennifer Lipman, May 9, 2011

Shimon Peres has pledged that Israel would continue to seek opportunities for peace at a ceremony marking Israel's annual day of remembrance for its war dead and victims of terrorism.

The Israeli president was in Jerusalem for the start of Yom Hazikaron. As was customary, a siren was sounded to mark the day, prompting a moment of silence around the country.

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Dancing in the streets of Jerusalem

By Jennifer Lipman, May 9, 2011
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Israelis of all backgrounds- new olim, sabras, religious, secular, old and young - make a song and dance in honour of Israel's 63rd birthday. Video by Aish.com

Visit the JC's dedicated Israel 63 page here

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Israel, in the words of the stars

By Jennifer Lipman, May 6, 2011

The great and glamorous discuss the Jewish state.

Full coverage of Israel's 63rd birthday here

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Israel through the lens

By Jennifer Lipman, May 6, 2011

"Israel Through the Lens" is a collaborative project to mark Yom Ha'atzmaut 2011 and enable people to celebrate their relationship with Israel.

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Declaration of Independence of the State of Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, May 4, 2011
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Watch the moment, on May 14 1948, when Israel was declared a state by David Ben Gurion.

Visit the JC's dedicated Israel 63 page here

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Netanyhau's message on Israel's 63rd birthday

By Jennifer Lipman, May 4, 2011
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The Israeli prime Minister offers his greetings as Israel nears the 63rd anniversary of independence.

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Shimon Peres on Israel's 63rd anniversary: We can prevail

By Jennifer Lipman, May 4, 2011

Shimon Peres has emphasised Israel's ongoing commitment to fighting antisemitism and delegitimisation at home and in the diaspora as the Jewish state approaches its 63rd birthday.

In a message to diaspora Jews to mark 63 years since David Ben-Gurion declared independence, the Israeli president said: "As we celebrate we can look back on the historic miracle of the birth of a nation."

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On this day: Golda Meir is born

By Libby Galvin, May 3, 2011

The first female prime minister of Israel wasn't known as "the only man in the Cabinet" for nothing. Golda Meir, the woman who led Israel after the death of Levi Eshkol and during the 1973 war, personified the Israeli spirit with her rugged outlook and forthright honesty.

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