LIVE VIDEO: Thousands in Hebron for Mega Concert

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25.5.17, 13:00
The Jewish community of Hebron is celebrating 50 years since the liberation of the ancient city with a star-studded gala event at the Tomb of the Biblical Patriarchs and Matriarchs.
On Thursday, May 25, thousands of Israelis will join celebrity performers Rami Kleinstein and Amir Benayoun for a ceremony, concert, and state-of-the-art light show on the walls of the Tomb of Machpelah complex.
Also attending the event will be Education Minister Naftali Bennett, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, and other ministers and Knesset members.
Israel National News will be broadcasting the event live, complete with English narration by Yishai Fleisher, the international spokesman of the Jewish Community of Hebron starting at 1:00PM US eastern time / 8:00pm Israel time.
A simultaneous broadcast with Hebrew commentary will take place as well.
Hebron was liberated the day after Jerusalem, and joins Jerusalem and the communities of Judea, Samaria, and the Golan in celebrating 50 years since their liberation in the Six Day War.
Rabbi Shlomo Goren, then-Chief Rabbi of the Israel Defense Forces and later Chief Rabbi of Israel, wrote in his autobiography that one day after the dramatic liberation of Jerusalem, he decided to venture to Hebron.
Thinking he was going to catch up with the IDF, he and an army driver arrived alone in a jeep to discover the city streets empty. White flags hung from balconies as the population anticipated a fierce conquest and revenge for the Hebron massacre of 1929.
In honor of the event, the Hebron Fund has also issued special commemorative coins for the event. The 50th anniversary Hebron Citizen Medallion depicts Rabbi Shlomo Goren superimposed over an Israeli flag, above an image of the Cave of Machpelah. The back of the coin features the number 50 with the logo of the Jewish Community of Hebron.
The bronze, silver and gold medallions are a project of the Hebron Fund and the Jewish Community of Hebron with only 1,000 of each of each one being minted.
Thousands are expected to attend a commemoration ceremony and concert honoring veterans of the Six Day War and the pioneers who braved the return to Hebron to reestablish the ancient neighborhoods.
Tours of the city will take place throughout the day.
"50 years ago this week the Cave of Machpelah was in territory ruled by Jordan," Hebron Fund Executive Director Rabbi Dan Rosenstein said. "Before that Jews were officially barred from entering the Machpelah for 700 years starting in 1267 with the Mamelukes."
"It's awe inspiring to see Jewish life flourish again in Hebron, to return to Jewish children to the fathers and mothers, and to be a part of Hebron Day celebrations today."

The Honorary Citizen Medallion is being offered by the Hebron Fund and can be obtained by clicking here:
United States contact info:
1760 Ocean Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11230

Israeli contact info:
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