Sunday, April 14, 2013

HONORING Yom Ha-Zikhron: The Memorial Day of Israel | United with Israel


Yom Ha-Zikhron, Israel’s Memorial Day, is a solemn day within the Jewish State. Unlike the United States, it is not a day to go to a BBQ, play football or basketball, and enjoy the outdoors. Instead, it is a day to remember all of ones family and friends who perished either through terrorism or Israel’s various wars. Since men are drafted into the IDF between the ages of 18 and 21, and women are also drafted between the ages of 18 and 20, all Israelis understand what it is like to lose loved ones in armed conflict. It is not like the United States, where only a minority of the population volunteers to serve in the country’s armed forces. 

Between 1920 and 2012, 24,526 Israelis were killed as a result of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 9,714 perished because of terrorism, between 1948 and 1999, as well as between 2006 and 2012. An additional 1,100 Israelis died during the Second Intifada period, between 2000 and 2005. 6,273 Israelis were vanquished during Israel’s War of Independence, representing one percent of the Jewish population in Israel at that period of time. More Israelis died during Israel’s War of Independence than during any other war that Israel fought. On Yom Ha-Zikhron, Israelis always remember these statistics, as well as the stories behind these statistics......

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