UPDATE 6 pm Thursday: Independence Day celebrations were cut short in southern Israel just after midnight last night (12:33 am) when a rocket fired by Palestinian terrorists from Gaza exploded in the Ashkelon Chof region. No physical injuries were reported but many families reported being traumatized by the sirens and the accompanying explosion.
Sometimes pictures can express joy more than words. Today is such a day. The scenes of joy around Israel on this Yom Atzmaut, Independence Day, have been heartwarming and inspirational.
The celebrations are beginning to wind down throughout the country at this hour, but (with the exception of the rocket attack on southern Israel described above) Israel has had a great Independence Day celebrating its re-establishment in 1948.
Hundreds of thousands of Israelis had picnics in the country’s national parks or visited IDF bases–so many in fact, that by 11 am the police had issued a request for the public to go elsewhere.
Many other Israelis went to the Israel’s beautiful Mediterranean and Red Sea beaches where the IAF performed aerial flyover maneuvers. Whether in the parks, or at the beaches, or simply in city and town neighborhoods, Israeli flags waved everywhere and the smell of barbecue wafted through the air.
The Israeli love of barbecue knows no age limit:
And another one:
It has been especially wonderful to see patriotic Israeli youth everywhere celebrating:
Your humble servant hopes that your Israeli Independence Day celebration has been as wonderful as those pictured above. And let us all wish the modern state of Israel a happy 64th!!!
As noted in recent blogs, a list of vocabulary for Israel supporters to begin using is appended to today’s blog (and every blog for the next month).
1. Use ‘Judea and Samaria’ instead of ‘
the West Bank‘.
2. Use ‘Jewish community’ instead of ‘
3. Use ‘construction of Jewish homes, schools, and hospitals’ instead of ‘
4. Use ‘new Jewish communities’ instead of ‘
5. Use ‘Jewish community member’ instead of ‘
6. Use ‘conservative politicians’ instead of ‘
7. Use ‘PLO’ or ‘Palestine Liberation Organization’ instead of ‘
8. Use ‘Palestinian Islamic Terrorist Organization–HAMAS’ instead of merely ‘
9. Use ‘Israeli men, women, and children’ instead of ‘
10. Use ‘Palestinian cities’ instead of ‘
Palestinian refugee camps‘.
11. Use Palestinian ‘settlements’ instead of Palestinian
‘villages’ or ‘hamlets’.
12. Use Palestinian ‘settlers’ instead of Palestinian
‘farmers’ and ‘villagers’.
13. Use international ‘lawbreakers’ instead of international
14. Use ‘the suicide bomber prevention fence instead of the
‘separation fence’ or ‘wall’.