Showing off her new necklace, Nofar Valal explained why the gift from her British host family meant so much. "You see these two hearts? One is for the diaspora, one is for Israel. Together we are one big family."
The Irish Palestine Solidarity Campaign protested outside the Dublin hotel where the Israel Embassy hosted an Independence Day party for diplomats, Irish government officials and Jewish community members on Tuesday. The demonstration passed off peacefully and there were no arrests.
Glasgow's celebration was kicked off by a blast from the shofar from Rabbi Danny Bergson, whose musical skills saved the day last year when the volcanic ash cloud prevented the scheduled Israeli performers from travelling.
Young and old joined forces at Jewish Care's Redbridge Jewish Youth and Community Centre as a 250-plus crowd celebrated Yom Ha'atzmaut.
Drawing on more than 30 years' experience of Independence Day events, Nettie Keene observed: "Every year these celebrations get more enjoyable. There is a great community spirit and solidarity. It's a fantastic and fun night to be a part of."
"I would like to wish Israel another 63 years of great joy, peace and a thriving economy.
"I've had the pleasure of being there many times and have seen it from a bodybuilding point of view, from a tourist's point of view, from an entertainer's point of view, from the governor's point of view. I'm looking forwards to going there many more times."
Almost a year after David Ben Gurion declared independence for the Jewish state; Israel was welcomed into the global club.
With something of a fraught relationship between the two since, it was nonetheless a positive step. Twelve countries voyted against welcoming the 59th members, including Afghanistan, India and Iraq, while nine, among them Britain, Denmark and Greece, abstained.