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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Israeli Memorial Day

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It is a sad day here, Yom Hazikaron, Memorial Day, for Israel's fallen soldiers. Since 1947, some 21,000 Israeli soldiers have been killed in defense of our country. As on Yom Hashoah a week ago, regular TV and radio programming went silent or was replaced by programs that are appropriate to the day. Restaurants and entertainment closed. And a siren sounded last night marking the beginning of Yom Hazikaron observance, which will be sound again at 11:00 AM for two minutes, give pause during which the country will come to a stop as people reflect on those lost.

Perhaps the only country in the world that appreciates the fact that many of it's own citizens have died as a result of defending this nation's right to exist. Since it's inception in 1948 Israel has fought several wars against hostile neighbors and an international body who mostly view the Jewish state as a threat to world peace.

Palestinians however do not regard this day as a cause for celebration but as a day of catastrophe.

The Palestinians are planning to mark Israel's Independence Day by sounding a siren as an expression of mourning. The siren will be sounded throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip at noon on Sunday, and Palestinians have been asked to stand still for one minute to protest the establishment of Israel.

The Palestinians call this day "Nakba," meaning catastrophe as they protest and demand Israel to allow the refugee's to return into the West Bank. Israel has denied this request, citing that such return would threaten it's sovereignty as Israel is a Jewish state.

The Israeli Memorial Day (also known as Yom Hazikaron) ends at 11 p.m. (Israeli time) at which begins the more festive holiday, Independence Day.

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