Hebron Celebrates Yom Haatzmaut and Yom Hazikaron

The Memorial Day service was attended by IDF commanders. The next day, fireworks lit up the sky over the Tomb of the Patriarchs.

9.5.19, 10:54
Yom Haatzmaut - Independence Day and Yom Hazikaron - Memorial Day were celebrated in Hebron at the foot of the Cave of Machpela.

On Tuesday evening, the annual memorial ceremony was held with the participation of the commanders and fighters of the Judea Brigade, the Givati ​​regiment, the Border Police fighters and commanders, the bereaved families, the settlement leaders in Hebron and Kiryat Arba, residents and guests from all over the country.

The next day memorial services were conducted at the ancient Hebron cemetery. In addition to sages from hundreds of years ago, the modern section of the cemetery includes locals who fell in battle. Among those memorialized were:
* Eli HaZe'ev, an American Vietnam veteran who moved to Israel and was killed in the 1980 Beit Hadassah terrorist attack.
* IDF St.-Sgt. Elazar Leibowitz, a resident of the Jewish community in Hebron and a fighter in the Nahal patrol battalion who fell in 2002.
* Benaya Sarel, a native of Kiryat Arba, a commander of the Givati ​​reconnaissance company who fell on the outskirts of Rafah in Operation Protective Edge in 2014.
* The graves of the martyrs of the 1929 riots were buried next to them, and on the other side were the victims of the last few decades of martyrdom, who sacrificed their souls for the revival of the land and the city of their forefathers.
On Wednesday evening the Yom Haatzmaut celebrations began. The 2,000-year-old Herodian walls that house the Biblical burial caves were lit up in blue and white and decorated with flags. Crowds gathered to watch the fireworks and celebrate the 71st anniversary of Israel's declaration of independence.
On Thursday the Hebron Fund sponsored a special BBQ lunch for IDF soldiers.

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