Israel is celebrating it’s 68th Independence Day (Yom Ha’azma’ut) this week. However, before the official celebrations begin, we commemorate our fallen soldiers and terror victims. “Remembrance Day – Yom HaZikaron” is as important as Yom Hashoah last week. A sad depressing day before the festive Yom Ha’azma’ut celebration. A sad day before the dancing and parties are going to start. Symbolizing Jewish history: From suffering to happiness and vice versa.
This week is a pretty short week due to the Yom Ha’azma’ut holiday on Thursday. Israelis love to barbecue on their Independence Day. All parks and beaches will be packed. Various museums (e.g. the Israel Museum in Jerusalem) will be free of charge. The same with a couple of military museums and shows.
As you can guess, Mea Shearim and many other haredi eighbourhoods don’t necessarily celebrate the Independence Day. Especially in Mea Shearim, business goes on as usual. Meaning that kids are going to school and don’t have a day off.
The Neturei Karta has it’s annual flag burning this Wednesday night. The funny thing is that they always invite the Zionist media in order to take pictures. But who cares? The flag burning is just a kind of PR event in order to get more donations. If no reporter showed up, the flag burning wouldn’t even take place.