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Students from the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy perform an Israeli flag routine at a Yom Ha’azmaut event in Livingston, N.J., on April 15, 2021. Photo by Faygie Holt.

New Jersey town celebrates Israel with flag-raising, student performance

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The Township of Livingston, N.J., less than 30 miles west of New York City, raised an Israeli flag over its town hall in celebration of Yom Ha’azmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, on Thursday. The annual event is...
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken welcoming Israel's 73rd Independence Day celebration. Source: Screenshot.

Blinken: US commitment to Israel ‘ironclad,’ welcomes more normalization agreements

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that America’s commitment to Israel is “ironclad,” and that he—and the Biden administration—supports more normalization agreements. Blinken appeared as part of a virtual event hosted by Israel’s embassy...
Crowds back out in Tel Aviv after a year of grappling with coronavirus lockdowns, April 4, 2021. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

On its 73rd Independence Day, Israel’s population hits 9.3 million

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Ahead of Israel’s 72nd Independence Day, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) has published the nation’s latest population figures. The Jewish state is home to 9,327,000 people, among them 6.894 million Jews (73.9 percent of...
Movie reels. Credit: Aleksanderdnp via Wikipedia.

Ahead of Israel Independence Day, Jerusalem Cinematheque releases rare historical videos

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The Jerusalem Cinematheque’s Israel Film Archive recently launched an innovative website featuring Israeli cinema through its generations. The new website, which includes 7,000 items, is accessible and free of charge in both Hebrew and English, the Cinematheque...
San Francisco City Hall illuminated in blue and white for Yom Ha'atzmaut in 2020. Credit: Israeli-American Council.

Landmarks across America to light up blue and white for Israeli Independence Day

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Buildings across America will light up in the blue-and-white colors of the Israeli national flag to honor Yom Ha’aztmaut, Israel’s 73rd Independence Day, which starts on Wednesday evening and lasts through Thursday. The buildings will...
Israel celebrates Independence Day. Illustrative photo via Shutterstock.

73 fun facts about Israel

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Israel has the highest number of altruistic kidney donations per capita in the world: 1,005 in the past 11 years, and counting. The oldest tree in Israel is a jujube tree in Ein Hatzeva...
Ruth Cohen and her parents with Shafir Regional Council head Adir Neeman (far left). Credit: Shafir Regional Council.

Israeli 11th-grader wins International Bible Contest

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Ruth Cohen, a 16-year-old student from the Barahan Ulpana school in Merkaz Shapira in southern Israel, won the 2020 International Bible Contest in Jerusalem on Wednesday, becoming the first female student in a decade...
A lone soldier and new recruit in the Israel Defense Forces holds up an official backpack, April 2020. Credit: Courtesy.

Some 270 lone soldiers begin IDF service as Israel turns 72

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Nearly 270 lone soldiers were drafted into the Israel Defense Forces on Thursday, following Israel’s 72nd Independence Day. The new recruits included Jewish men and women, ages 18 to 22, from the United States, Canada,...
An Israeli flag on Masada, near the Dead Sea in southern Israel, on July 19, 2018. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Friends of IDF to conduct virtual Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut events

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For the first time, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) will host online celebrations next week marking milestones in Israel’s history. Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Remembrance Day for fallen soldiers and civilian victims of terrorism,...
Leaders attending the San Remo Conference in April 1920. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

From San Remo to its 72nd birthday, Israel survives the virus of political and...

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One hundred years ago this Sunday, the four principal allied powers involved in World War I signed a resolution at San Remo. Next week, Israel celebrates Yom Ha’atzmaut, the 72nd anniversary of the state’s...