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Jerusalem Day

Jerusalem Day is a national holiday marking the liberation of the city and its reunification after the Six Day war.

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About Jerusalem Day

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Jerusalem Day is a national holiday marking the liberation of the city and its reunification after the Six Day war. The day is held on the 28th of Iyar (usually from mid-May to the end of the month,) the day Israeli soldiers liberated the eastern part of the city in 1967.

 

Jerusalem was divided from the War of Independence in 1948 until 1967. The western part of the city was in Israeli hands, and the eastern part – excluding an Israeli enclave on Mount Scopus – was under the control of the Jordanian kingdom. After the eastern part of the city was liberated, the walls dividing the city were torn down and three weeks later the Knesset enacted legislation unifying the city and extending Israeli sovereignty over the eastern part.

 

The day marking this event was decided upon one year later to celebrate the unification of the city and the Jewish peoples’ connection with Jerusalem throughout the ages.

 

Jerusalem Day is an ordinary business day except for official ceremonies.

 


 
 

Holiday Customs

Flags in Jerusalem
Ceremonies – The central ceremony is held on Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem, one of the sites of the harshest fighting in the battle over the city. On this day, immigrants from Ethiopia hold ceremonies to commemorate those Ethiopian Jews who died on their way to Israel.

Flag Dance – Many member of the religious Zionist community come to Jerusalem on this day and hold the flag dance procession which leaves the Sacher park near the Knesset to the Kotel (the Western Wall.)

 

 Sites & Attractions

 
. Mount Herzl. The State of Israel’s national cemetery was named after the state visio...
The House of Representatives of the State of Israel, comprising a plenary, conference r...
Memorial established on the Jordanian military post, with a permanent exhibition on the...
Avshalom’s Shrine. An ornate monument from the first century BCE, said to be the tomb o...
Large, well-lit cave in the wall of the Old City, which was a quarry in the days of the...
Monastery of the Order of the Sisters of Zion on Via Dolorosa in the Old City. Part of ...
 

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