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Israel to celebrate 70 years of independence

Celebrations to begin Wednesday evening following end of Israel’s memorial day for fallen soldiers; 1.9% population growth in past year.

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Ceremonies for Israel’s Yom Hazikaron, the State of Israel’s national Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism, will continue Wednesday. A two-minute siren designating silence was observed throughout all of Israel in the morning in remembrance of Israel’s fallen.

Ceremonies will continue until Wednesday evening when Israel will then celebrate her 70 years of independence, “Yom Haatzmaut”. Celebrations will continue into Thursday evening.

Israelis typically attend municipal parades and concerts on Wednesday evening. It is tradition to have barbecues and is one of the most popular times for Israelis to travel in parks and nature sites.

The IDF, Air Force and Navy will put on its annual show over Israel’s coasts. The F-35, Israel’s recently acquired stealth jets, will be displayed this year.

Ahead of Israel’s Independence Day celebrations, the Central Bureau of Statistics released Israel’s current population, that of over 8,842,000. In 1948 when the State of Israel was established, the population stood at 806,000.

In the past year, Israel’s population increased by 1.9%, with over 28,000 immigrants making “aliyah” (Hebrew term for immigration by Jews to Israel) and the birth of over 177,000 babies. The Bureau predicts that Israel’s population will rise above 15.2 million by 2048.