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  • Israel’s population grows to 8.2 million

    May 1, 2014 | 2:05 pm

    Israel’s population increased to nearly 8.2 million, according to figures released just ahead of Israel Independence Day, or Yom Ha’atzmaut.

    The population grew by 2 percent, about 157,000 people, according to the report released Thursday by the Central Bureau of Statistics.

    Jews make up 75 percent of the population, or 6.135 million people. Arabs are 20.7 percent, or 1.694 million people.

    About 178,000 babies were born in the last year and about 42,000 deaths were reported. In addition, some 24,000 people moved to Israel in the last year.

  • Israel’s 65th Demographics

    By Pini Herman

    April 22, 2013 | 4:00 pm

    A long-standing tradition every Israeli Independence Day is a press release by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics which is often bland or upbeat in honor of the holiday.  Israeli had an 8 million total population of which 6 million are Jews and 1.6 million are Arabs and since...

  • Images from Israel Independence Day

    By JewishJournal

    April 16, 2013 | 11:27 am

  • Israel on Her 65th Birthday – Taking Pride In Her Accomplishments

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    April 15, 2013 | 7:22 am

    The State of Israel is the 100th smallest country in the world with less than 1/1000th of the world's population, yet her people have accomplished so very much even as she has struggled in war and been forced to spend more money per capita on her own protection than any other...

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  • Seven thoughts for Yom HaAtzmaut

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 15, 2013 | 6:36 am

    Today is Memorial Day and tomorrow is Independence Day. And there's always temptation to say something new about the nature of Israel, or to attribute special meaning to 65 which wasn't yet there at 64, or to battle those who only care for Independence Day as an opportunity to say...

  • Happily, the Independence Day battle is far from over

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 13, 2012 | 9:58 am

    Note to readers: a shorter and earlier version of this article appeared in the ‎International Herald Tribune / New York Times. It can be read independently, but will ‎be even more interesting to those following our Great Independence Day Debate series ‎of letters.

    The...

  • The great Independence Day debate: Letter 7

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 11, 2012 | 4:00 pm

    This the seventh letter in a debate on changing the date of Independence Day in Israel. Readers who are not yet familiar with the debate can read more about it here.

    The letter comes from Udi Lion, a graduate of Merkaz HaRav Yeshiva in Jerusalem and the director of special...

  • The great Independence Day debate: Letter 6

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 8, 2012 | 8:32 am

    This the sixth letter in a debate on changing the date of Independence Day in Israel. Readers who are not yet familiar with the debate can read more about it here.

    The letter comes from Yossi Tsuria, an expert in software security, advisory board ‎member at Citala Ltd and former...

  • The great Independence Day debate: Letter 5

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 4, 2012 | 11:23 am

    This the fifth letter in a debate on changing the date of Independence Day in Israel.  Readers who are not yet familiar with the debate can read more about it here.

    The fifth letter is by Rabbi Yehuda Brandes, head of the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies and Leadership, and...

  • The great Independence Day debate: Letter 4

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 3, 2012 | 1:22 pm

    This the fourth letter in a debate on changing the date of Independence Day in Israel.  Readers who are not yet familiar with the debate can read more about it here.

    Letter 4 is by Rabbi Dr. Michael Avraham, a lecturer at Bar-Ilan University and former teacher at the Yerucham Hesder...

  • The great Independence Day debate: Letters 2 and 3‎

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 31, 2012 | 7:47 am

    Two weeks ago, a ministerial committee in Israel approved a legislative proposal that ‎‎would anchor Israel’s Independence Day to a certain day of the week (Thursday), ‎instead of it ‎being celebrated on the anniversary of the country’s independence - the ‎fifth day of...

  • The great Independence Day debate: Letter 1

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 29, 2012 | 11:07 am

    Two weeks ago, a ministerial committee in Israel approved a legislative proposal that ‎would anchor Israel’s Independence Day to a certain day of the week (Thursday), instead of it ‎being celebrated on the anniversary of the country’s independence - the fifth day of ‎the...

  • Peres sends warning on Israeli Independence Day

    April 26, 2012 | 10:53 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres offered a warning to Israel’s enemies on the occasion of Israeli Independence Day.

    “To those who are now threatening Israel I say, don’t repeat the mistakes of your predecessors,” Peres said Thursday in a speech at an annual ceremony bestowing honors...

  • Letters to the Editor: President Obama, Muslim Americans, Sarah Palin, Independence Day Festival

    May 24, 2011 | 5:52 pm

    Listen to President Obama

    It is ironic that Judea Pearl wrote this article on the eve of perhaps the worst foreign policy speech on Israel and the Middle East in American history (“Words Matter — Obama’s Next Challenge,” May 20). His phrase “Words Matter” tells it all....

  • Can L.A. support an Israel Festival?

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    May 17, 2011 | 2:38 pm

    This year, for the first time in decades, Israel Independence Day came and went without a major public celebration in Los Angeles, and local Jewish leaders are vowing that won’t happen again.

    “We are completely committed to having a communitywide celebration for Israel’s...

  • Schwarzenegger steals show at LA Israel event

    May 12, 2011 | 10:09 am

    Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger stole the show at the Israel Independence Day celebration hosted by Consul General Jacob Dayan in Los Angeles.

    Twelve national and international television crews, plus another dozen photographers and print reporters jostled for positions...

  • Clinton sends Israel Independence Day greetings

    May 9, 2011 | 10:19 am

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sent best wishes to Israel for its Independence Day on behalf of President Obama and the U.S. people.

    In the statement issued Sunday, Clinton called Israel, on its 63rd birthday, “a young nation, but a rich history that holds deep...

  • Annual Israel festival at Woodley Park canceled

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    April 12, 2011 | 4:47 pm

    A lack of funding has forced organizers to cancel this year’s Israel Independence Day Festival in Woodley Park, a community event that at its height attracted as many as 30,000 people. An immediate donation of around $30,000 could reverse the decision, according to Yoram Gutman,...

  • Photo essay: Iranian Jews celebrate Israel’s 60th in Los Angeles

    By Karmel Melamed

    May 19, 2008 | 5:58 pm

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    Yesterday I had the rare pleasure of attending one of Israel’s 60th independence day celebrations here in Los Angeles at Woodley Park which attracted thousands of local Jews—including Iranian Jews. The event was packed with Israeli music, food, carnival type rides, booths...

  • What Israel means to me

    By David Mamet

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    This is one in a series of articles and essays on myriad topics related to Israel that will run weekly as we approach the Jewish state's 60th anniversary on Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel Independence Day, in May.

    Noam Chomsky was interviewed in the summer 2004 issue of Heeb magazine:

    Q:...

  • My father’s war

    By Daniel Bouskila

    March 8, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    This is one in a series of articles on myriad topics related to Israel that will run weekly as we approach the Jewish State's 60th anniversary on Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel Independence Day, in May.

    It was Friday afternoon, May 14, 1948. Eighteen-year-old Nessim Bouskila, a recent...

  • Music, and fashion highlight Independence Day Festival

    By Adam Wills

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm


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    While there's no conflict with Mother's Day this year, organizers of the April 29 Israel Independence Day Festival at Woodley Park are facing another challenge.

    The celebration of Israel's 59th year falls on the same day as Big Sunday, a...
  • Celebrate Israel Closer to Home

    By Donna Gordon Blankinship

    May 5, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    This year, Israel Independence Day falls on May 12. If this is a holiday you've never celebrated, consider adding it to your family traditions.

    With Israel in the news every day, the Jewish state is unusually prominent in our minds, but not always for positive reasons. Celebrating...

  • It’s Shuki’s World and We Just Live In It…

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 27, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    As he breezes into a Melrose trattoria, the international man of mystery known as Shuki could be mistaken for any other player in town -- cell phone in hand, expensive suit, hardball negotiator demeanor -- were it not for the long shock of Gene Simmons rock star hair tied back in a...
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