Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on May 14, 2011
As evil, soulless forces throughout the work continue to spew hatred of Jews and the rabid wish to destroy Israel, to wipe the Jewish state from the face of the earth, may the prevalent good of mankind prevail.
Today marks the 63rd anniversary of Israel Independence Day. Happy birthday, Israel!
Happy 63rd Birthday, Israel!
Israel, Wave Your Flag – Yom Ha’atzmaut
A portion from Amil Imani at American Thinker, Happy 63rd birthday, Israel — be sure to go to the site to read the rest:
This week, Israel celebrates its 63rd birthday. Sixty-three years ago, May 14, 1948, was the rebirth of one of the oldest cultures and nations in history, the State of Israel. Israel with Judaism as its religion has historical continuity spanning more than 3,000 years. It is one of the oldest monotheistic religions, and the oldest to survive into the present day. Israel today is a unique and diverse Jewish state with a young viable democracy, in an unstable region. In 2010, the world Jewish population was estimated at 13.4 million, or roughly 0.2% of the total world population.
The circumstances surrounding Israel’s re-birth were anything but easy. Regrettably, Israel’s journey from her early beginning to the present has been fraught with great suffering. It is a tribute to the indomitable spirit of the Jewish people that they persisted in their valiant struggle to re-gather again in the land of their birth. Some even go as far as saying that Israel’s renaissance — after 3,000-years or so– was nothing short of miraculous.
The rebirth of Israel, in reality, is a culmination of thousands of years of gestation during which the Jewish people, dispersed throughout much of the world, endured immense degrees and varieties of suffering. The Nazi murderers and their collaborators capped the crimes committed against the Jewish people by brutally slaughtering six million innocent men, women and children.
We hardly can find countries that have gone out of existence for as long as 3,000 years and then reappeared and been reborn. Thus, it is indeed plausible to say that the rebirth of this magnificent culture, people and the land was truly a miracle.
From The Jewish Chronicle, Pally crowd celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut:
An appropriately coloured haze settled on London’s Alexandra Palace on Tuesday night as 1,000 guests ate, sang and danced on Israel’s 63rd birthday.
For the Zionist Federation’s Yom Ha’atzmaut party, the Ally Pally was transformed by bright blue and white lights, Israeli flags and banners. Party-goers consumed Israeli-style food, including fish balls, pitta, olives and hummus. Cupcakes with miniature Israeli flags were also passed round, as were dates and oranges.
In the foyer, meanwhile, guests browsed market stalls and watched displays of Israeli dancing. And no one was too old to snap up balloon animals and colourful balloon headgear.
Jewish timekeeping was acknowledged in the welcoming remarks of ZF chief executive Alan Aziz, who joked: “The Christian Friends of Israel drove four hours to get here and were still the first to arrive.”
As the hall filled up, pupils from the Akiva, Mathilda Marks Kennedy and Sobell Sinai schools delighted the audience with traditional Israeli dancing and songs.
Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor – who is leaving his post next month to become envoy to the United Nations – told the crowd: “I’ll miss you. Every year the ZF party is the hottest ticket in town.
“You are with us in the good times, and when we are under attack you stand shoulder to shoulder with us. There is a battle raging throughout the world for our very legitimacy.”
He added: “I began my time here with an audience with the Queen and ended it representing Israel at the royal wedding. But Buckingham Palace doesn’t compare to Alexandra Palace tonight, celebrating with the ZF royal couple, Alan Aziz and Harvey Rose.”
Mr Rose, the ZF chair, reflected: “What Israel has accomplished is incredible. Despite our enemies, despite internal problems and despite a campaign of delegitimisation, it’s a world leader in science, technology and medicine.”
ISRAEL – Happy 63th Birthday and many many more to come
From Haaretz Daily Newspaper, Two million Israelis hit the trails for Independence Day:
The ceremonies for the 63rd Independence Day of the State of Israel began on Monday night with the traditional torch-lighting ceremony on Mt. Herzl. Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin addressed those present and expressed his pride that Israel is “a Jewish and democratic state, which glows bright in the heart of an oppressive and ruthless Middle East.
“Alongside the concern that we may find ourselves in a new Middle East, radical and dangerous, even more than the one we have known, we are sure and certain in our strength,” Rivlin added. “However, as free Israelis we cannot but note the courage of those thousands of demonstrators who take their fate in their own hands in their struggle for their right to establish a just governance.”
The Knesset speaker also commented on the ills of Israeli society. “Unfortunately it appears that on the 63rd year of our independence many among us, elected figures and opinion shapers, regarded the Israeli mosaic as something that must be fought and not a reality with which one must coexist.”
Those selected to light the 12 torches, representing the 12 tribes of Israel, included Rabbi Shimon Rosenberg, a member of the Chabad movement who lost his daughter and son-in-law in the November 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai, India; Sa’ar Shapira, a volunteer fire scout from the Reali School in Haifa who was a classmate of Elad Rivan, a young volunteer killed in the blaze on the Carmel; Orit Dror, a member of Kibbutz Lavi, who donated the organs of her son and saved the life of a 13-year-old girl; Zahava Dankner, a philanthropist who supported the communities living near the border with the Gaza Strip; Arij Arcab, a social worker and a Druze who represented the prison service cadets.