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Gush Etzion:

Arabs uprooted an orchard; the residents planted anew

Arabs from Za'atara uprooted an orchard near the settlement of Nokdim. The locals replanted there on Yom Ha'atzmaut with Israeli flags and a singing of Hatikvah.

Arabs uprooted an orchard; the residents planted anew

Pro-Israel rally in Times Square nets 700-1000 attendees

At a Times Square rally, over 700 friends of Israel - some reports said as many as 1000 - young and old, Jewish and non-Jewish, enthusiastically demonstrated their love and support for Israel and all her people.

Pro-Israel rally in Times Square nets 700-1000 attendees

Toronto Mayor:

'Raising Israeli flag at city hall ceremony is divisive'

Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow decides to skip city hall ceremony marking Israel’s Independence Day, says event where the Israeli flag is raised is currently "divisive" due to the war in Gaza.

'Raising Israeli flag at city hall ceremony is divisive'

Binyamin region Governor:

'We will expand Judea and Samaria by hundreds of thousands'

Israel Ganz, Governor of the Binyamin Region and chairman of the Yesha Council, supports settlement in the Gaza Strip but stresses: First of all - we must eradicate the enemy.

'We will expand Judea and Samaria by hundreds of thousands'

IDU holds special exhibition for Gush Etzion on Yom Ha'atzmaut

Israel Dog Unit joins a display of other security forces and demonstrated their working dogs' various capabilities for the crowd.

IDU holds special exhibition for Gush Etzion on Yom Ha'atzmaut

Israel Independence Day "You shall rejoice in your holiday"

I feel it is an afront for us not to celebrate.

Israel Independence Day "You shall rejoice in your holiday"

President Herzog:

Pres. Herzog hosts ambassadors on Israel’s 76th Independence Day

President Herzog spoke to ambassadors from around the world on Israel's 76th Independence Day: 'Hamas’s brutal attack was not just trying to weaken the State of Israel. It was trying to weaken the pillars of free, open, democratic societies.'

Pres. Herzog hosts ambassadors on Israel’s 76th Independence Day

PM visits wounded soldiers at Sheba Hospital

On Israel's 76th Independence Day, PM Netanyahu visits soldiers wounded during war, hears their desire for Israel to achieve complete victory.

PM visits wounded soldiers at Sheba Hospital

In central Bnei Brak:

Israeli flag flown on roof of Ponevezh Yeshiva

As per the instructions of Rabbi Yosef Shlomo Kahaneman, legendary Ponevezh Yeshiva dean, the Israeli flag was hung early on Independence Day morning and will remain there until the afternoon.

Israeli flag flown on roof of Ponevezh Yeshiva

Int'l Bible Contest winners: Evyatar Bar-Gil and David Shasha

A total of 16 contestants - 12 from the Diaspora and four from Israel - competed in the International Bible Contest for youth.

Int'l Bible Contest winners: Evyatar Bar-Gil and David Shasha

Biden to Herzog:

'US is proud of our enduring relationship with Israel'

President Biden sends President Herzog greetings on Israel’s 76th Independence Day, praising Israelis' significant resilience and strength following Hamas' October 7th attack.

'US is proud of our enduring relationship with Israel'

After losing his legs in battle:

Elisha Medan: Iran and Hezbollah want to divide us

Elisha Medan, IDF soldier who lost his legs in battle, joins Outstanding Soldiers ceremony, calling for unity amongst the nation.

Elisha Medan: Iran and Hezbollah want to divide us

Bereaved mother:

If there's ever a day to be thankful for our Land - this is it

Thousands attend OU Israel’s Leil Yom Ha'atzmaut musical prayer session: 'This year, more than ever, we raise our flags even higher.'

If there's ever a day to be thankful for our Land - this is it

Pres. Herzog:

We will choose life, we won't rest until hostages are home

Israeli President Herzog speaks at traditional Independence Day ceremony honoring outstanding soldiers begins at President's Residence in Jerusalem. 'Strength of spirit and bravery.'

We will choose life, we won't rest until hostages are home

Temple Mount:

Jewish worshiper raises Israeli flag, sings national anthem

Temple Mount opens to Jews in honor of Independence Day, hundreds ascend Mount to pray.

Jewish worshiper raises Israeli flag, sings national anthem

Independence Day 2024:

Flyover over the Hostages Square, Israel Prize in Sderot

Independence Day events continue, with outstanding soldiers ceremony, International Bible Contest, scheduled for later in the day.

Flyover over the Hostages Square, Israel Prize in Sderot

Canadian Prime Minister:

'Israeli people have the right to live in peace and security'

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in statement on Israel’s Independence Day: Our countries have forged a close friendship and strong bilateral relationship.

'Israeli people have the right to live in peace and security'

Singer Miri Mesika sings 'Hatikva' with freed hostages

Before the anthem, Mesika dedicates one of her songs to the freed hostages and prays for the return of all 132 hostages who are still in captivity.

Singer Miri Mesika sings 'Hatikva' with freed hostages

Watch:

Soldiers in Gaza dancing in honor of Independence Day

IDF soldiers from the 22nd Battalion of the Carmeli Brigade celebrate Independence Day in the Netzarim Corridor, waving Israeli flags and breaking into dance.

Soldiers in Gaza dancing in honor of Independence Day

Jerusalem's Old City walls illuminated with '76 years for Israel'

Along with the Old City, several other landmarks around Jerusalem lit up in blue and white in honor of Yom Ha'atzmaut.

Jerusalem's Old City walls illuminated with '76 years for Israel'

The Diaspora Torch:

'For all those that heard the call'

One of the torches this evening honored the many Jewish communities outside of Israel who rushed to help when the war broke out.

'For all those that heard the call'

Netanyahu:

'We'll fight until the end, until victory'

PM says at Independence Day ceremony that 'at the moment of truth, an entire nation mobilized,' calls this 'the generation of the victorious heroes.'

'We'll fight until the end, until victory'

Knesset Speaker:

The generation of the 2023/4 war has proven its true strength

Speaker Amir Ohana, to 120 outstanding female and male soldiers: ‘This is a generation that has not fallen short of any generation that came before it.’

The generation of the 2023/4 war has proven its true strength

Canada:

Ottawa cancels Yom Ha'atzmaut ceremony, then backtracks

After initially cancelling Israeli flag raising at city hall due to security reasons, Ottawa's Mayor says the matter is being revisited.

Ottawa cancels Yom Ha'atzmaut ceremony, then backtracks

12 times more than in 1948:

Ahead of Independence Day: 9.9 million people living in Israel

Since last Independence day, Israel's population has grown by 189,000 people; by next Independence Day, Israel's population is expected to reach over 10 million.

Ahead of Independence Day: 9.9 million people living in Israel

Religious Zionist rabbis:

'Keep rejoicing on Independence Day'

Leading Zionist rabbis are calling on the public to continue rejoicing and thanking G-d on Israeli Independence Day, despite the hardships.

'Keep rejoicing on Independence Day'

Masada Unit commander to light security forces' bonfire this year

Minister Miri Regev has decided that the commander of the Israel Prison Service Masada Unit will represent the security forces this year at the Independence Day firelighting ceremony.

Masada Unit commander to light security forces' bonfire this year

Regev decides:

Torch lighting ceremony will be pre-recorded

The Minister of Transportation, who is in charge of the torch lighting ceremony at the conclusion of Memorial Day, decided it will take place without an audience and will be recorded in advance.

Torch lighting ceremony will be pre-recorded

Israeli singer turns down offer to light Independence Day torch

Popular Israeli singer, Idan Amedi, posted on his Instagram page that he prefers to light a torch in the future for words of a song that he will write and not for his heroism: "Unfortunately, I will not be able to accept the honor this year."

Israeli singer turns down offer to light Independence Day torch

Minister announces:

No fireworks at Independence Day celebrations

Min. Miri Regev says there will be no fireworks at government Independence Day events, calls on local authorities to follow suit.

No fireworks at Independence Day celebrations

What will be the KKL – JNF 76th Independence Day symbol?

For the first time, Israeli students from across the country were invited to compete to design the JNF's new symbol for next year.

What will be the KKL – JNF 76th Independence Day symbol?

VP Harris:

'Independent judiciary at the bedrock of US-Israel relationship'

Vice President Harris speaks at Israeli Embassy's Independence Day reception: We will continue to work towards a two-state solution.

'Independent judiciary at the bedrock of US-Israel relationship'

Independence Day crash:

Driver trasferred from hospital to detention

Woman accused of driving under the influence in crash which left baby dead to face hearing on further extension of her detention.

Driver trasferred from hospital to detention

Parashat Emor: Between independence and liberating Jerusalem

The Haftarah for Emor gives us hope for the future, the future which has already begun in the last two generations.

Parashat Emor: Between independence and liberating Jerusalem

75th anniversary:

JNF, Keren Kayemet plant 75 trees in honor of Independence Day

The trees were planted as a symbol of growth, development, and the deep connection with the land of Israel at a ceremony held Wednesday.

JNF, Keren Kayemet plant 75 trees in honor of Independence Day

Independence Day tragedy:

Remand of driver from accident which killed toddler extended

Court extends detention of driver accused of driving under the influence

Remand of driver from accident which killed toddler extended

Man tears mezuzahs off dozens of homes on Independence Day

Suspect arrested on suspicion of removing mezuzahs from residential homes in Jerusalem.

Man tears mezuzahs off dozens of homes on Independence Day

Police called on driver right before Independence Day crash

Another driver contacts the police after witnessing erratic driving of driver involved in crash in which 1-year-old was killed.

Police called on driver right before Independence Day crash

Baby killed in Independence Day car crash laid to rest

10-month-old boy from Gush Etzion, Ma'ayan David Domnovitch, laid to rest in Kfar Etzion cemetery, south of Jerusalem.

Baby killed in Independence Day car crash laid to rest

Israel Dog Unit's Independence Day exhibition

The Israel Dog Unit demonstrated its dogs' capabilities for a group of foreign students as part of an Independence Day tour.

Israel Dog Unit's Independence Day exhibition

ActNews:

The Soho House outrage!

What would you say if you heard Americans are not allowed to celebrate the 4th of July? This happened as Israel celebrated Independence Day.

The Soho House outrage!

Over 600 Lone Soldiers celebrate Israel's 75th birthday with NBN

Hundreds of Lone Soldiers, National Service volunteers celebrate Israel's Independence Day at Nefesh B’Nefesh Aliyah Campus in Jerusalem.

Over 600 Lone Soldiers celebrate Israel's 75th birthday with NBN

IAF salutes new immigrants on Independence Day

During flyover, IAF planes circle immigrant absorption center in Tiberias.

IAF salutes new immigrants on Independence Day

Anonymous Sudan claims it hacked Netanyahu's website

PM's Facebook account also hacked as group claims responsibility for cyber-attack on Israel's Independence Day.

Anonymous Sudan claims it hacked Netanyahu's website

25,000 attend Independence Day celebrations in Binyamin

Visitors from across the country enjoy attractions, tours of Biblical and nature sites on Israel's 75th Independence Day.

25,000 attend Independence Day celebrations in Binyamin

Israel at 75:

Watch: Israeli Independence Day flyovers

About 100 aircraft take part in flyovers for Israel's 75th Independence Day.

Watch: Israeli Independence Day flyovers

F-35 forced to land after bird strike during Indepence Day

Pilot unharmed, plane suffers minor damage after being struck by a bird during flyover in the Negev, landing at base.

F-35 forced to land after bird strike during Indepence Day

Live:

Diplomatic staff mark Independence Day at President's Residence

Reception held for diplomatic staff serving in Israel in honor of country's 75th anniversary.

Diplomatic staff mark Independence Day at President's Residence

Israel celebrates 75 years:

President Herzog awards 120 outstanding soldiers

At special ceremony on Independence Day, President Herzog tells outstanding soldiers Israel's mosaic of views is its strength.

President Herzog awards 120 outstanding soldiers

El Al:

Falafel-based meals on selected flights today

El Al celebrates Independence Day with Israel's most iconic food plus flags.

Falafel-based meals on selected flights today

Underwater celebration:

Israeli flag 'flies' in the shark pool in Eilat

Divers brought an Israeli flag along with breakfast for sharks and other marine life.

Israeli flag 'flies' in the shark pool in Eilat

Israel's haredi population:

509% increase since records began in 1979

General population increased by 135% during those 44 years.

509% increase since records began in 1979

Torah Study at 75:

From 400 students to 350 thousand!

'When I was a boy, I thought the Torah world was finished,' said Rabbi Druckman. 'But the Torah gives the State its right to exist.'

From 400 students to 350 thousand!

Israel at 75 – the future is bright

In every photo of Jews in Yitzhar, Efrat or the Golan, they are always smiling, while those yelling “democracy"are always angry. Op-ed.

Israel at 75 – the future is bright

Independence Day celebrations:

Flotilla, Bible contest, and outstanding soldiers ceremony

Israel celebrates its 75th Independence Day with a flotilla, Bible contest, and ceremonies for the Israel Prize and outstanding soldiers.

Flotilla, Bible contest, and outstanding soldiers ceremony

Independence Day:

NBA star Omri Casspi says it's all because 'we had faith'

Video showcasing Israel's achievements has been viewed close to a million times.

NBA star Omri Casspi says it's all because 'we had faith'

Overnight, we became Jewish soldiers, Montreal, May, 14, 1948

The Sunday following the Israeli Declaration of Independence our antisemitic neighborhood bullies got the shock of their lives. Op-ed.

Overnight, we became Jewish soldiers, Montreal, May, 14, 1948

Blinken:

'We remain unwavering in our commitment to Israel'

Secretary of State: The United States and Israel have built a partnership that transcends politics and benefits the people of both nations.

'We remain unwavering in our commitment to Israel'

Watch:

Prominent German figures congratulate Israel

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier: We are full of admiration as we look to Israel.

Prominent German figures congratulate Israel

On Israel's Independence Day:

House approves pro-Israel resolution

House of Representatives approves resolution calling for expansion Abraham Accords and expressing support for US relations with Israel.

House approves pro-Israel resolution