From mourning to celebrating

Israel moves quickly from remembering its past to rejoicing on its 70th birthday.

By ALIYA BENITA LEVIN
April 27, 2018 10:59
3 minute read.
An Independence Day barbecue in Jerusalem’s Sacher Park

An Independence Day barbecue in Jerusalem’s Sacher Park. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

 
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A HAUNTING siren echoes throughout the country. It’s a loud, deep, eerie sound that can be heard along the width and breadth of Israel, each year, at 10 a.m. on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. And the country literally comes to a standstill. Cars on the highways stop, and drivers get out, stand in the streets, lower their heads and remember. Moving ceremonies at schools, universities and the Yad Vashem memorial in Jerusalem come to a halt, as people of all ages stop and listen. Our television newsroom came to a standstill, as Jewish, Arab, Christian and atheist colleagues stopped typing – and broadcasting – to observe two minutes of silence in memory of the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust.

No matter where you are in the country – or what you are doing – you stop, listen and remember.

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