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Israel celebrates 73: Celebrations begin at Har Herzl

Join the country in its Independence Day ceremony

COVID: After isolation, kids with cancer get a break with Zichron Menachem

"Cancer patients suffered a lot during the coronavirus pandemic, much more than the general population."

'Leave the politics out' of Mt. Herzl Remembrance Day ceremony, Netanyahu!

The prime minister received backlash from someone in the crowd for his promise to establish a Memorial Hall for Martyrs there.

Ceremony honors Israel's fallen National Service members

Mk Orbach promises to work for National recognition of those who fell during service.

Independence Day: Looking back at our history to prepare for the future

As far as is known, there was never a period following the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE when there were no Jews in the Land of Israel.

Remembrance Day: Memorial held for fallen haredi IDF soldiers

A bereaved father: We gathered here today in memory and in honor of our dear sons, who gave their lives for the Land and people of Israel, and sanctified Heaven both in life and through their deaths.

Back to roots for the bar mitzvah boy: A memorable visit to Beit Hagdudim

The Jewish Battalions Museum in Avichail has meaningful memories.

Independence Day: A spoonful of hope

This 73rd Israel Independence Day we sing our National Anthem – Hatikvah - The Hope.

By PESSY KRAUSZ
14/04/2021

The heroic story of the Jewish Brigade in WWII

Tortured in Nazi concentration camps, these individuals survived to fight back. Many had lost relatives, who were assumed to have been gassed and slaughtered.

By DAVID GEFFEN
14/04/2021

An Independence Day memory from 1973

"I could not forget that these men and women guarded me as long as I lived in Israel; they guarded and protected the Jewish state and all of its people."

By SYBIL KAPLAN
14/04/2021

Yom Kippur War: Remembering ’73 as Israel turns 73

My experience serving in the Yom Kippur War.

By LEON CHARNEY
14/04/2021

COGAT's Brig.-Gen. Munir Amar: His legacy lives on

Israel was shocked by the death of the Druze commander. His was a future lost.

By MAXINE DOVERE
14/04/2021

Ex-Mossad chief Efraim Halevy on Iran, Hamas and Israel's political crisis

Halevy should know something about difficult situations. Since arriving as a teenager to Israel in the year of its birth, 1948, he’s been involved in some of the country’s most earthshaking events.

14/04/2021

1948 and now: Israeli women in the fight for independence

Women were combat soldiers on the front lines in the Independence Day War.

14/04/2021

Independence Day: After COVID-19, Israelis redefine ‘independence’

Curfews and masking requirements, as well as surveillance by the Shin Bet security agency, left Israelis thinking about what freedom really is.

Coronavirus & Israeli Tech

Independence Day: The technologies making Israel proud in 2021

A new Israeli COVID test developed at Sheba Medical Center can detect coronavirus in a fluid sample in just 20 seconds • artificial corneas, animated ancestors, drones, desalination and more...

14/04/2021

Remembrance Day 2021 in pictures

Remembrance Day ceremonies commemorated Israel's fallen soldiers and victims of terror, who lost their lives in the fight for the country's existence.

Noa Tishby to host BGU ceremony honoring Dr. Ruth

Dr. Ruth is a respected sex therapist, media personality, Holocaust survivor and at one point an Israeli sniper in the IDF.

Remembrance Day: 'All that I have left of you is a photo on a wall'

"Remembrance Day is a time when everyone grieves together. I remember him all year, but once a year for one day, everyone remembers him together with me."

An IDF soldier

IDF vet's self-immolation leads to protests outside Defense Ministry

The protests demanded there be changes in the defense ministry's rehabilitation program, claiming it "provides disabled veterans with poor treatment and steals their rights."

Israel Border Police stop as the siren rings out across Israel to mark Yom Hazikaron, April 28, 2020

5 ways to stream Israel’s Remembrance Day services from home

In Israel, the day is marked with one- and two-minute sirens when the country halts and everyone stands in silence.

By BEN SALES/JTA
14/04/2021
IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi meets with family of disabled veteran Itzik Saidian

Defense Ministry to probe case of IDF vet who self-immolated

Kohavi: "I wish a speedy, complete recovery to Itzik Saidian, a former Golani Brigade soldier who is hospitalized in serious condition" • A friend: "I blame the Rehabilitation Division directly

WATCH: Pollard dedicates Torah Scroll written in prison to Joseph's Tomb

"I feel a personal connection to this place, to Joseph who is buried here and to everything that he went through," Pollard said.

Kohavi: We send our soldiers only on worthy missions, vow to protect them

This year, the attendance at the ceremony was limited to 5,000 people, under the Green Pass

13/04/2021
Palestinian prisoners wait to be released from Ketziot prison, southern Israel, October 1, 2007

New bill: Terrorists to lose citizenship unless they return 'pay-for-slay' money

The proposed bill will take away citizenship from terrorists who were jailed and received a monetary reward from the Palestinian Authority.

AVICHAI MANDELBLIT

Attorney-General: Cabinets cannot decide without justice minister

The special cabinets feature only some selected ministers from the government in order to allow more rapid and efficient decisions.

Jerusalem to illuminate buildings in honor of Independence Day

The municipality also commemorated Remembrance Day in Israel by projecting via remote-controlled smart systems the word "Yizkor."

Vials with Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine labels are seen in thi

Israeli TV star compares COVID-19 vaccine to Nazis, claims kills children

Pitussi also defended her right to express her opinion on the coronavirus vaccine.

Tel Aviv center closes after vaccinating nearly 20,000 foreign nationals

The vaccination center was initially established in partnership with Ichilov Medical Center.

Lead actor from Netflix hit Shtisel to headline JNF-USA event

Michael Aloni will be interviewed by Danna Stern, Managing Director of Israel’s yes Studios, who Hollywood Reporter credits with “turning Israel into a global television powerhouse.”

Vaccinated Palestinians to pray at the Temple Mount during Ramadan

In honor of the first Friday of Ramadan 10,000 vaccinated Palestinians will be allowed to enter the Temple Mount to pray.

Diaspora Minister pushes rule change for parents of pregnant women

While vaccinated foreign-nationals may visit their family in Israel, the government is still denying non-vaccinated parents to help their pregnant daughters.

First Arab-Israeli Remembrance Day ceremony took place in Ar'ara

Four memorial candles were lit during the ceremony, one for each of the fallen from the Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Druze communities.

More Palestinians think Israel supports apartheid than two states - poll

The results showed that, among those surveyed, 45% would consider Israel an apartheid state, while only 13% believe Israel to be serious about a two-state solution to the conflict.

MK Kariv takes Torah scroll into Western Wall plaza causing stir

Labor MK uses parliamentary immunity to defy regulations at holy site, leading to intense opposition from Orthodox protestors.

Netanyahu, Bennett finish 4th meeting in coalition talks

Bennett said the blocs in Israel are no longer Right and Left or for or against Netanyahu remaining in power.

13/04/2021
The 'Under the Stretcher' NATAL commercial

Emergency hotline gets 300% more calls after soldier lit himself on fire

Israel's Trauma and Resiliency Center is prepared for more emergency calls in the wake of the soldier's attempted suicide and Remembrance Day.

By HADASSAH BRENNER
13/04/2021

International Writer's Festival in Jerusalem comes back for 9th time

Israeli writers taking part include David Grossman, Meir Shalev, Etgar Keret, Eshkol Nevo, Dror Mishani, Zeruya Shalev and Agi Mishol.

Independence Day: Classic Israeli films, TV series for the holiday

For more information and to order tickets, go to jfc.org.il

Trailer drops for ‘Beauty Queen of Jerusalem’

The epic series is scheduled to launch on Yes TV in Israel in early summer.

Israel unveils expanded roster for Tokyo Games

Israel's baseball team for the 2021 Olympics:

By JERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
13/04/2021
Masa Fellows participate in memorial ceremony at Latrun

Global Jewish community gathers in honor of fallen soldiers - watch

Masa's program tells the stories of soldiers and civilians who came to Israel from around the world and died while serving in the Israel Defense Forces.

Independence Day interview with Israeli hoops ambassador

Former NBA player and blue-and-white National Team captain Gal Mekel imparts Israeli pride

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
13/04/2021
El Al Israel Airlines planes are seen on the tarmac at Ben Gurion International airport in Lod

Coronavirus: Vaccinated foreigners to be allowed into Israel in May

The tourists will need to undergo a PCR coronavirus test before boarding the plane and another PCR test and a serological test when they arrive in Israel.

Rabbinical court approves public shaming to force get refuser's hand

After Aryeh Leib Kishon refused to give his wife a get, despite both religious and secular sanctions and pressure, the court resorted to public shaming.

13/04/2021

COVID-19: Residency visa holders still struggle to enter Israel

People with temporary residency and work visas who live and work in Israel but are not citizens have faced severe difficulties in gaining re-entry permits to the country.

Coronavirus: Gyms open across Israel, Knesset's gym stays closed

The Knesset itself does not operate under Green Pass rules.

13/04/2021

Elovitch: PM ‘would commit suicide for me’

Netanyahu trial bangs into Iran nuclear deal

Netanyahu: 'We will bring our captives and missing home'

During the Remembrance Day ceremony, Netanyahu promised that Israel will not stop until it has brought home captive and missing soldiers or citizens of the country.

How did one company take charge of Israel's medical cannabis market?

Since November of 2020, any Israeli company wishing to export cannabis has first been required to work with Panaxia.

Isi Leibler: A voice of moral clarity

We could not pretend to cover the wide scope of Leibler’s life, as Suzanne D. Rutland did in her new book, 'Lone Voice: The Wars of Isi Leibler,' but rather focus on his essence.

13/04/2021

Isi Leibler, courageous and principled Jewish leader, passes away at 86

'Jerusalem Post' readers knew him through his incisive columns on events of the day, which he began writing in 2000.

Israel Philharmonic releases film detailing its origins - watch

The Orchestra’s opening concert was conducted by Arturo Toscanini, the greatest conductor of his time, in Tel Aviv on December 26, 1936.

COVID-19: What happens when Israel's unpaid leave program ends June 30?

As of this week, more than 547,000 people are still out of work according to Israel Employment Services, a bit less than 10%, despite the reopening of the economy.

13/04/2021
Sudanese protesters chant slogans as they gather ahead of a rally to put pressure on the government

Sudan due to send first delegation to Israel next week, sources say

Sudanese and Israeli government spokesmen had no immediate comment.

By REUTERS
13/04/2021

UAE Ambassador visits Tel Aviv innovation hub to further tech collaboration

“There is an avenue of opportunities between the UAE and Israel just waiting to be harnessed," al Khaja said.

REE Automotive to build customized electric vehicles with Magna

Magna manufactures cars for Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Jaguar and other automotive brands.

13/04/2021
Tipalti CEO and co-founder Chen Amit

Tipalti acquires Approve.com in Israeli fintech deal

The value of the deal was not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in the coming months.

13/04/2021

Meet the IDF soldiers protecting Israel's eyes in the rain, sun, and snow

The battalion was posted there last month, and its mission is to protect one of the most valuable assets for Israel’s security — the place that was dubbed as the “eyes of the country.”

13/04/2021

New agricultural fellowship grant creates global impact

The Dean Family Fellowship Grant program is a 5-year partnership between JNF-USA, the Dean family from Philadelphia, PA., and AICAT.

By DARRYL EGNAL
13/04/2021

Israel's venture capital funding reaches $5.37b. in Q1 of 2021

Those numbers are more than double from the same quarter a year earlier, and 89% higher than the fourth quarter of 2020.

13/04/2021

EMTs save the life of two-year-old Arab-Israeli

The boy fell unconscious while at his home on Monday morning, following which his mother immediately phoned emergency services.

IDF soldiers on Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day: Bereaved IDF orphans fight for rights, recognition

The goal of the organization is to advocate for rights, support and recognition of the children of fallen soldiers just like bereaved parents or spouses are recognized by the State of Israel.

Join the celebration! Watch the March of the Living salute to Israel

Participants from 25 countries and dozens of communities will participate in the program, which will feature panoramic views of Israel’s natural beauty and a special performance.

IAF updates Independence Day app with flyover games, trivia and more

The app will show the location and timing of the flyover in real time as well as locations from which it can be watched.

Bnei Akiva youth visit the graves of fallen soldiers and victims of terror

Remembrance Day: Tens of thousands of youth visit graves of fallen

The youth will leave personal letters after learning about the fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism, light a candle and recite Psalms in their memory.

Noga Erez, one of Israel's brightest stars, sparkled on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Erez records songs in English but doesn't hesitate to put her Israeli and Jewish identity front and center.

Remembrance Day: Israel bows its head to honor 23,928 of its fallen

Forty-three fallen soldiers and civilians lost their lives in the past year.

13/04/2021

Woman gives birth after 17-year battle with infertility

"Correctly diagnosing the problem and fitting the treatment to the woman is what made the difference."

David Ben David during the 1948 siege of Kfar Etzion, where many of his comrades were killed by enem

David Ben David cheated death and missed Israel’s birth

David Ben David swam to Haifa in 1940, unknowingly escaping the ill-fated "Patria". He spent most of the 1948 war as a POW, saved from death more than once by his Arab Legion captors.

By ZACK ROTHBART
13/04/2021
A Magen David Adom emergency vehicle responds to murder call on July 30, 2013.

Disabled IDF veteran sets himself on fire outside Defense Ministry

MDA medics classified him as being in severe condition and suffering from intense burns which cover his entire body.

Guerrero boosts Mac TA over Petah Tikva

Buzaglo nets late equalizer for Bnei Yehuda vs Sakhnin • Maccabi Netanya edges Beitar Jerusalem

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
12/04/2021
MK NAFTALI BENNETT in the Knesset – he spoiled it all.

Likud, Yamina coalition negotiating teams to meet

Bennett: Reports I'm preventing government are "fake news"

12/04/2021
A sea of haredim attend the funeral of Brisk yeshiva head Rabbi Meshulam Dovid Soloveitchik

80% of Israelis angry with haredim, Arabs for conduct during corona crisis

Still, majority of both Jews and Arabs say both communities have ‘shared future’ together.

38-year-old woman murdered in Tira, masked assailant managed to flee

This is not the first attempt at Sura Mansour's life; her car was set aflame one month prior to her murder in what was suspected to be arson and an attempted threat to her life.

Alternate Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benny Gantz attends a conference of the Israeli Tel

After Mossad report, Gantz calls for investigation into security leaks

"It harms our troops, our security, and the interest of the State of Israel, and I think that there should be a thorough investigation.”

12/04/2021

Elovitch to Yeshua: I have problems all day with the PM

The former Walla CEO recorded calls from various defendants and players in the case and eventually produced the recordings to police, along with a massive number of texts.

Knesset committees not formed due to political deadlock

Without an Arrangements Committee, the Finance Committee and Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee cannot be formed.

12/04/2021

Remembrance Day: Haredim support reciting Tehillim for fallen soldiers

The initiative's founders emphasized its extra importance due to tensions between the general public and ultra-Orthodox society due to COVID-19.

Joint List MK Ofer Cassif after his brutal attack by police in Jerusalem, April 9, 2021.

Israel police officers questioned over Ofer Cassif beating

The police spokesperson claimed that Cassif refused to leave the area after officers declared the protest unlawful.

By ALON HACHMON/MAARIV ONLINE
12/04/2021
President Reuven Rivlin (C) and Central Elections Committee Chair Hanan Melcer (R) view ballots

Deputy chief justice Hanan Melcer retires

Rejects Israeli-Arab free speech objection to police cyber unit actions

Yesh Atid, Joint List, Meretz MKs exit Knesset plenum for Ben-Gvir speech

"This is the moment I've been waiting for," Ben-Gvir said. "The moment where I get up to speak and they, the supporters of terror, [Joint List MK] Ahmad Tibi, are exiting."

Diplomats gather for first ‘post-COVID’ event

Danny Danon, Israel’s former ambassador to the UN, hosted the event, in which over 60 diplomats, including over a dozen ambassadors, mingled mask-free.

Reuven Rivlin given farewells ahead of Independence Day

Rivlin will host members of the foreign diplomatic corps for farewells on Independence Day.

A branch of the variety store Flying Tiger Copenhagen

Two new international clothing, variety chains coming to Israel

Within the year, Israelis will enjoy access to the upscale clothing chain & Other Stories and the Danish variety store chain Flying Tiger.

12/04/2021
Israelis celebrate Independence Day on the beach, 2019.

Jewish population at lowest percentage since founding of Israel

Close to the establishment of the state, the Jewish percentage of the population stood at 82.1%, while today it stands at only 73.9%.

By MOSHE COHEN/MAARIV
12/04/2021
IDF's mental health officers drill

IDF's treatment of mental health 'insufficient' - Comptroller

One in four soldiers uses the army’s mental health services and meet with either a psychiatrist or mental health officer • report also finds deficiencies in the way that IDF handles firing ranges

12/04/2021
IDF soldiers take shape of corona vaccine for Independence Day ceremony

For Independence Day ceremony, IDF soldiers take shape of corona vaccine

Known as the largest and the most watched ceremony in Israel, last year's torch lighting ceremony was cancelled after weeks of rehearsals due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Eve of Remembrance Day for fallen IDF soldiers at Mount Herzl, April 14, 2013.

Ceremony to honor Moroccan Jews who died in sinking of rescue ship

Forty-four Jews were on board, all of whom lost their lives. This will mark the 60th anniversary of the ship's sinking.

EU funds unapproved Palestinian school in Jordan Valley nature reserve

The school was built in an Area C nature preserve without building permits from the IDF or the Israeli government.

By HADASSAH BRENNER
12/04/2021

Israeli, Lebanese singer collaborate on Arabic version of Hebrew song

The song has garnered both positive and negative attention within Israel and Lebanon.

Psychology (Illustrative)

Mental health programs frozen due to lack of state budget

Budget issues have plagued social services amid the ongoing political crisis, especially amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Youth from all over the world celebrating Israeli independence at the Western Wall

Israel's Declaration of Independence read at the Western Wall live

The event was broadcasted live throughout the Jewish world in English, Spanish and French, and thousands worldwide were able to watch the reading online.

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