Joshua Mitnick |
Fureidis, Israel — The vandal who defaced the El Rahmi mosque in this Arab village came in the pre-dawn hours, after the last of the village men retired to their houses. When the sheikh came to open the mosque for morning prayers at 4 a.m., he found a Star of David spray-painted next to the front door along with the following message: “Close mosques instead of yeshivas.”
Michele Chabin |
Jerusalem — Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony at the Efrata elementary school in Jerusalem took place against a billboard painted with a memorial candle, a Jewish star and the number 66, in honor of Israel’s 66th birthday.
Yedidia Stern |
Special To The Jewish Week
Israel is celebrating 66 years of independence (May 6), an independence acquired with the blood of thousands of young men and women who gave their lives for the nation while serving in its armed forces and other security agencies. This is why we observe Memorial Day for Israel’s fallen soldiers (May 5) and Independence Day on two — consecutive and very emotional — days. Every year on these days, the pain and the joy blend together until they are indistinguishable.
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