ISRAEL POLITICAL BRIEF: ISRAEL NEWS
Israel Celebrates 64th Birthday
Remembrance Day for the Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror has ended, and Independence Day has begun, with fireworks displays going off countrywide.
The celebration of Israel’s 64th birthday began with the traditional ceremony at Har Herzl in Jerusalem. The main speaker at the ceremony was Knesset Speaker MK Reuven Rivlin.
Rivlin’s speech began with a mention of the external threats Israel faces but centered on what he said was an internal enemy which threatens Israel’s future – an enemy which he identified as “the extremists” and zealotry on all sides of the political and social spectrum.
“The struggle against those who set mosques on fire is not between leftists and settlers,” he said, “it is a struggle against zealots.”
“The struggle against those who spit in the face of an eight-year-old girlis not a struggle between secular people and haredim, but a struggle against marginal extremists. The struggle against those who team up with our worst enemies, who fight against Israel’s right to exist, is not a struggle between left and right or between Jews and Arabs, but a struggle against zealotry and zealots. The struggle against those who see women’s singing in the IDF as ‘an hour of destruction,’ a decree over whose trespass death is preferable, is not a struggle between secular Zionism and religious Zionism. This is a struggle against zealotry.”
Rivlin said that he does not fear the residents of Itamar or Migron, “who are faithful to the Land of Israel and love it,” nor does he fear those who oppose the settlement enterprise. “I fear the zealots,” he repeated. “I fear the extremism. I fear those who do not hesitate to break the rules in the name of the righteousness of their path; those who do not fear the destruction of the Third Temple.”
Midnight Fireworks in Jerusalem for Yom HaAtzmaut
A large fireworks display beginning at 11:30 p.m. will end Wednesday evening’s Yom Ha’atzmaut festivities in Jerusalem’s Independence Park.
Music, singing and dancing will be the main activities in the capital after Israel marks the end of memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers and Terror victims at 7:45 p.m.and begins to celebrate 64 years of an independent State of Israel for the first time in almost 2,000 years.
Music popular in the religious-Zionist community will be featured at the HaMashbir stage, at King George Street in downtown Jerusalem. Bnei Akiva and the Ezra movement will dance, and the Pirchei Yerushalayim Band will appear.
Bands will perform at Kikar HaHatulot, and music oriented for the younger generation will take place at the pedestrian mall at Hillel Street, next to Ben Yehuda Street. Student associations helped program the activities.
Opposite the Old City Walls at Mamilla, students have organized DJ entertainment, with entrance by paid tickets.
Israeli folk dancing and a songfest will be featured at the stage at Safra Square-City Hall from 10:30 p.m. until 3:30 a.m.
Yom HaAtzmaut 2012: Events
The Day of Remembrance for slain IDF soldiers will begin Tuesday evening and be followed by Israel’s 64th Independence Day. This list of events was compiled by Anglo-List.Com. These are not Torah-oriented events.
Main Event, Rabin Square, 9:00 p.m. – “Only in Israel” with the participation of military bands. Clips from different periods in Israel’s history will be screened on giant screens and fireworks will paint the sky. With: Momi Levy, Miri Aloni, Shula Chen, and dozens of dancers, Tel Aviv youth and more. The evening will close with a performance by “Quartet” – with Shem Tov Levy, Alon Olearchik, Shlomo Yidov and Efraim Shamir.
Atzmadoodes – Children’s Independence Day events at the Performing Arts Center at 8:30 p.m. – Roni Superstar, Tel Aviv Youth Band, the entertainment show” Katzefet VeToot ,” fire dances, juggling clowns, aerial acrobatics performances and fireworks.
Folk Dancing – Plaza Performing Arts Center, 11:00 p.m – dancing into the night with the best; Sarah Aviv and Gadi Biton combining instrumental and vocal performance and Tel Aviv University Dance troupe.
Park Davidoff, Jaffa, 8:30 p.m. – Michelle Cohen Music School program, Alon de Loco with the LoCo Land show accompanied by musicians and dancers, Woody G, Yaron Ramati, local bands and more.
Moriah Blvd: Din Din Aviv, Carolina, Erez Lev Ari, Rami Kleinstein, Rita & Ethnix
Kiryat Sprinzak: Michal Tzafir, Shlomi Shabat, Idan Yaniv
Kiryat Shmuel: Kobi Machat, Meir Banai, Yishai Lapidot and the “Of Simchas” band
Central Carmel: Rami Kleinstein, Shiri Maimon and Shimon Buskila
Neve Shaanan: Michal Tzafir, Rami Kleinstein, Shlomi Shabat, Mooki
Kiryat Haim: Shiri Maimon, Shimon Buskila, Ethnix, Josh, Mooki and Eyal Golan
Kiryat Eliezer: Russian artists and folk music
Main Stage (Kikar Hahatulot).
The Even Yerushalmit band, Adir Getz, Yaniv Barmeli and Itay Moyal, Subliminal and Momi Levi, Yossi Azulai, Keren Peles. Hosted by Elad Amedi.
Stage at the Hillel Pedestrian Street – Street Party for the Young.
In collaboration with the Students Associations, young in the center:
DJ Ron Izraeli – Hebrew party
DJ Idan Ben Hamo – Funk party
DJ Stato – House anthems 2012
Main performance: Adir Getz
Independence Day opposite the walls at the Alrov Mamilla Avenue:
For students and youngsters – entrance with payment | At 22:00
DJ Itzik Dadia
DJ Shachar Ud
Tickets can be purchased at the Students Association and at Telephone: 073-7073617
Hamashbir Stage for the Religious Zionist Public:
Ezra Movement, Bnei Akiva and more
The Ruach Zfonit band in an exhilarating dancing event
The Pirchei Yerushalayim Band
DJ Hanania Ohana
Singing independence at the Safra Square stage:
Arbaa Bemol Band with Aaron Ferrera and Yael Badash
Israeli Rock at the Square: a tribute to the founders if Israeli Rock since the days of the state’s establishment: Arik Einstein, Shalom Hanoch, Matti Caspi, Shlomo Artzi, Gidi Gov, Danny Sanderson and more.
Dancing Independence at the Safra Square stage: from 11:30 p.m – 3:30 a.m.
A mass dancing event, Israeli and other folk dances, with leading dance guides: Avner Naim, Haim Tzemach, Boaz Cohen, Mimi Cogan, Gidi Eiko.
00:30: Fireworks display above the Experimental High School, Independence Park
Main Stage: Liran Danino, David Deor, Dana International, Youth choir and dancers led by Itai Segev
Park Hameginim: Matti Caspi, Gabi Shushan, Shiri and Uzi Fuchs
Hershonson Stage.: Margalit Tzanani, Benny Elbaz , Gabi and Micky Nes, Shlomit Bouhnik, Moran Kriti, Tamir Lidanil, Nati Chen and “The Independence Ride” – a 15 km. bicycle ride on Thursday morning at 9:00 from Sportec city. For information and registration: 08-9392239.
Winter Lake Park: Roni Superstar, Berry Sakharof, Hadag Nahash, Beit Habubot, DJ Erez Shitrit
Kikar Ha’atzmaut: Danny Sanderson, Moshik Afia.
WZO Lets Users Fly an Internet Israeli Flag for Independence Day
The World Zionist Organization’s Department for Activities in Israel & Countering Antisemitism is offering a new service which allows users to send postcards with Israeli flags and other pro-Israel images via the internet. The website allows a user to select and email postcards with images of Israeli flags, nature scenes and Zionist leaders such as Zev Jabotinsky, Theodor Herzl, Menachem Begin, and David Ben Gurion.