Tonight at 8 pm and tomorrow morning at 11 am, sirens will be heard throughout the country. On Yom HaZikaron (Remembrance Day), Israel is commemorating it’s fallen soldiers and terror victims:
The official ceremony is taking place at the Kotel (Western Wall) tonight. After the siren at 8 pm, the President and the Chief – of – Staff are holding their speeches. Visitors are invited but have to stand further away. Those of you who intend to go should take a lot of security checks into consideration. The Jewish Old City Quarter will be packed and you have to squeeze yourself through the crowds. However, you may be lucky tonight because due to the constant terror attacks in the Old City, not too many Israelis actually go there.
Shops, restaurants and cafes are due to close at around 6 pm this evening. Tourists looking for entertainment will find it in the Muslim Quarter (Old City). The Palestinians neither show any respect for Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) nor for Yom HaZikaron. Thus in Palestinian neighbourhoods, business is going on as usual.
Tomorrow night at 8 pm: The official Independence Day (Yom Ha’azma’ut) celebrations are going to start. Many national religious Jews like to go to the Great Synagogue in Jerusalem where a special Hallel Service is taking place. The Synagogue’s choir is singing, the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi speaks and sometimes the President shows up. I used to go to this service in the past but the problem is that when you leave, teenagers celebrating in the streets shoot foam at you. Israelis love their foam on the Erev Yom Ha’azma’ut. Meaning, I was messed up and I hate this white sticky foam. 🙂
Independence Day in Israel stands for barbecue, thousands of people streaming to nature parks and army bases. Jerusalem’s Israel Museum will be free of charge this Thursday. The museum opens at 10 am but be aware that an hour later, the place will be packed. Also with plenty of families from Mea Shearim but they only visit the Judaic section of the museum. 🙂