Shops, cafes, restaurants and cinemas will be closed by 7 pm this evening. At 8 pm, the official national mourning day, Yom Hazikaron, is starting with a nationwide siren sound. Israel commemorates its fallen soldiers and terror victims.
Yom Hazikaron is an extremely emotional day for our country. Most people are already home now and those who do not go to a memorial service in their neighbourhood are watching the live broadcast from the Kotel (Western Wall). There the president, the chief – of – staff and mourning parents will be speaking.
Everybody can go to the Kotel and watch the memorial service life but it will be crowded and do not expect to see a lot. Security is tight and I do not think that the Kotel Plaza will be open to the public. Instead, visitors have to stand on the stairs leading down to the Wall.
I just came back from work not too long ago and I am planning to watch the memorial event from the Kotel online. I just hope that the Arabs in my neighbourhood won’t freak again and start celebrating.
Tomorrow morning will be a further nationwide siren sound at 11 am. Tonight, the buses are running as usual and tomorrow, cafes, restaurants, etc. will be back in business.
Tomorrow (Monday) night, Israel is going to celebrate it’s 69th birthday. Then we celebrate our independence and the day is called in Hebrew YOM HA’ATZMA’UT. Also known as the national barbecue holiday. 🙂
Tomorrow we still have to work as usual but most Israelis are off on Tuesday in order to celebrate Independence Day. So, one day we mourn and the next day we celebrate. How can that be?
The two days together, first the mourning and then the celebration remind us of the Jewish history. One day, the Jews were killed in pogroms and the next day there may have been the light at the end of the tunnel. There were times when Jews suffered and there were also great times when the Jews were respected and not killed. Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’azma’ut shows us the tragedy and joy in Jewish history.
Here are a couple of the latest Israeli statistics: