Archive for April 20th, 2010

‘South Park’ Creators Could Face Retribution for Depicting Muhammad, Website Warns

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Whereas I deplore South Park, unlike the Muslims, I find that a better way of protesting a program one doesn’t like is to…not watch it, or better yet, tell the shows advertisers that you won’t be watching it.
Hummm…I wonder why the Muslims didn’t think of that? I guess their minds are too preoccupied with how to peacefully kill people. Remember; Islam is the self proclaimed religion of peace. They keep proving that point over and over by killing or threatening to kill people. Do you see how little it takes to make a Muslim ready to kill people?

A radical Islamic website is warning the creators of “South Park” that they could face violent retribution for depicting the Prophet Muhammad in a bear suit during an episode broadcast on Comedy Central last week.

RevolutionMuslim.com posted the warning following the 200th episode of Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s “South Park,” which included a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad disguised in a bear suit. The Web posting also included a graphic photo
of Theo van Gogh, a Dutch filmmaker who was murdered in 2004 after making a documentary on violence against Muslim women.

“We have to warn Matt and Trey that what they are doing is stupid and they will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh for airing this show,” the posting reads. “This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what will likely happen to them.”

Reaching by phone early Tuesday, Abu Talhah al Amrikee, the author of the post, said he wrote the entry to “raise awareness.” He said the grisly photograph of van Gogh was meant to “explain the severity” of what Parker and Stone did by mocking Muhammad.

“It’s not a threat, but it really is a likely outcome,” al Amrikee said, referring to the possibility that Parker and Stone could be murdered for mocking Muhammad. “They’re going to be basically on a list in the back of the minds of a large number of Muslims. It’s just the reality.”

Al Amrikee said the website is considering a protest against the “disgusting” show, which also depicted the Prophet Muhammad in an episode on July 4, 2001.

“This is not a small thing,” he said. “We should do whatever we can to make sure it does not happen again.”

The posting on RevolutionMuslim.com also includes audio of a sermon by Anwar al-Awlaki — a radical U.S.-born preacher now believed to be hiding in Yemen — who discusses assassinating individuals who defame the Prophet Muhammad. It also included a link to a 2009 story in the Huffington Post that gave details of Stone and Parker’s mansion in Colorado.

A Comedy Central spokesman told FoxNews.com that the network has no comment on the posting.

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Iranian Missile May Be Able to Hit U.S. by 2015

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Obama has his head in the sand. Nuclear disarmament and demonizing Israel while ignoring Iran is his standard mode of operation.

“With sufficient foreign assistance, Iran could probably develop and test an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching the United States by 2015,” says a new 12 page unclassified report prepared by the Department of Defense on the Iran Military Threat.

The report says Iran’s military strategy is designed to defend against external or “hard” threats from the United States and Israel. “Iran’s nuclear program and its willingness to keep open the possibility to develop nuclear weapons is a central part of its deterrent strategy,” according to the report.

Iran continues being a disruptive force inside Iraq, it alleges.

“Iran continues to provide money, weapons and training
to select Iraqi Shia militants despite pledges by senior Iranian officials to stop such support,” the report says. “Iran also offers strategic and operational guidance to militias and terrorist groups to target U.S. Forces in Iraq and undermine U.S. interests.”

It also outlines what Defense Secretary Robert Gates has called Tehran playing a “double game” inside Afghanistan.

The regime makes big promises to the Afghan government trying to appear to be a good neighbor, and is also sending weapons into the country, and backing a wide range of groups so “it will have a positive relationship with the eventual leaders.”

Regarding the effectiveness of Iranian Conventional Forces, “Iran maintains very sizeable military forces, but they would be relatively ineffective against a direct assault by well trained, sophisticated military such as that of the United States or its allies.”

It does judge Iran’s unconventional forces, which include paramilitary forces, “would present a formidable force on Iranian territory.”

The report outlines Iran’s nuclear weapons capabilities and developments saying it is “keeping open the option to develop nuclear weapons,” which is consistent with what we’ve heard from a wide range of U.S. officials. It says the Iranians have gone to great lengths to protect its nuclear infrastructure from physical destruction including using buried and hardened facilities.

The final aspects of the report review the regime’s efforts to improve ballistic and cruise missile capabilities.

The secretary of defense is required as part of the National Defense Authorization Act to submit a classified and unclassified report on the current and future military strategy of Iran.

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Dilemma as Texas Says Gays Can’t Get Divorce

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Here is another case of gays getting “married” in one state, but not being able to get divorced in any state.

DALLAS — After the joy of a wedding and the adoption of a baby came arguments that couldn’t be resolved, leading Angelique Naylor to file for divorce.

That left her fighting both the woman she married in Massachusetts and the state of Texas, which says a union granted in a state where same-sex marriage is legal can’t be dissolved with a divorce in a state where it’s not.

A judge in Austin granted the divorce, but Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is appealing the decision. He also is appealing a divorce granted to a gay couple in Dallas, saying protecting the “traditional definition of marriage” means doing the same for divorce.

A state appeals court is scheduled to hear arguments in the Dallas case on Wednesday.

The Dallas men, who declined to be interviewed for this story and are known only as J.B. and H.B. in court filings, had an amicable separation, with no disputes on separation of property and no children involved, said attorney Peter Schulte, who represents J.B. The couple, who married in 2006 in Massachusetts and separated two years later, simply want an official divorce, Schulte said.

The drawn-out process has been frustrating for Naylor, who says she didn’t file for divorce as an equal rights statement — she just wants to get on with her life.

“We didn’t ask for a marriage; we simply asked for the courtesy of divorce,” said Naylor, 39, of Austin, who married Sabina Daly in Massachusetts in 2004.

That year, Massachusetts became the first state to let same-sex couples tie the knot. Now, Connecticut, Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont and the District of Columbia also allow them.

Gay and lesbian couples who turn to the courts when they break up are getting mixed results across the nation. A Pennsylvania judge last month refused to divorce two women who married in Massachusetts, while New York grants such divorces even though the state doesn’t allow same-sex marriage.

“The bottom line is that same-sex couples have families and their families have the same needs and problems, but often don’t have the same rights,” said Jennifer Pizer, a lawyer for Lambda Legal, a national legal organization that promotes equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

“It really is an unenviable position that the courts have put these couples in,” said Karen Loewy, an attorney at the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders.

Abbott, a Republican seeking re-election, declined to be interviewed for this story. He has argued in court filings that because the state doesn’t recognize gay marriage there can be no divorce, but a gay or lesbian Texas couple may have a marriage voided. Attorneys representing such couples argue that voiding a marriage here could leave it intact in other states, creating problems for property divisions and other issues.

“OK, you’re recommending voidance, but how does that work?” asked Jennifer Cochran, Naylor’s attorney. “Is it only void in Texas and can you void a marriage that’s valid in another state? The attorney general I feel didn’t answer those questions.”

In 2005, Texas voters passed a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage by a 3-to-1 margin even though state law already prohibited it. Abbott has said he is appealing the Dallas divorce ruling for two men to “defend the traditional definition of marriage that was approved by Texas voters.”

Abbott disagrees with the judge in that case, who ruled in October that the same-sex marriage ban violates equal rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

Kelly Shackelford, chief counsel for the conservative Liberty Institute in Plano, called that decision “outrageous judicial activism.” The institute has filed a friend of the court brief to the appeals court on behalf of the two Republican state lawmakers who co-sponsored the amendment banning gay marriage: state Rep. Warren Chisum and former state Sen. Todd Staples.

“It’s a backdoor run at establishing same-sex so-called marriage against the people’s vote,” Shackelford said. “Once you grant the divorce, you are recognizing that there was a marriage.”

Dallas divorce attorney Tom Greenwald said he’s advising gay couples to wait and see how things play out in the courts.

“Getting the court of appeals to even accept the issue is a step in the right direction in getting some clarity on this,” he said. “We just don’t know how to treat it.”

As for Naylor and Daly — the latter declined to comment — they’ve been trying to figure out what to do since separating in 2007 amid escalating arguments.

The couple, who had real estate-related businesses and renovated homes, toyed with the idea of one of them moving to a state where gay marriage is legal until a divorce is finalized, but that didn’t seem practical.

Naylor said that eventually, she and Daly worked out a custody arrangement for their now 4 1/2-year-old son. Naylor said that when she heard about the Dallas divorce, she thought it was worth a try and filed for her own, even though several attorneys she spoke with weren’t so sure.

“They said it’s too up in the air, wait and see for appeals,” Naylor said. “I didn’t have a lot of time to wait and see.”

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Judge: Same-Gender ‘Marriage’ Not a ‘Fundamental Right’.

Arizona Passes Tough Illegal Immigration Law

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

If the federal government is not going to protect us, the states will have to take up the slack.

Lawmakers in the Arizona Senate voted 17 to 11 to approve the bill, widely regarded as the toughest measure yet taken by any U.S. state to curb illegal immigration.

The state’s House of Representatives approved the measure last week. Governor Jan Brewer, a Republican, has five days to veto the bill or sign it into law.

Immigration is a bitterly fought issue in the United States, where some 10.8 million illegal immigrants live and work in the shadows, although it has been eclipsed in recent months by a healthcare overhaul and concern over the economy.

The law requires state and local police to determine the status of people if there is “reasonable suspicion” that they are illegal immigrants and to arrest people who are unable to provide documentation proving they are in the country legally.

It also makes it a crime to transport someone who is an illegal immigrant and to hire day laborers off the street.

“I believe handcuffs are a wonderful tool when they’re on the right people,” said Russell Pearce, the Republican state senator who wrote the bill.

We want to “get them off law enforcement and get them on the bad guys,” he told Reuters.

Opponents of the Arizona law, some of whom held a vigil outside Brewer’s home on Monday to urge her to veto the measure, say it is unconstitutional and would discriminate against Latinos.

“You cannot tell if a person walking on a sidewalk is undocumented or not … (so) this is a mandate for racial profiling,” said Pablo Alvarado, director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network.

Alvarado said his group would call on the federal government to intervene and was considering legal action to overturn the bill.

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“Jews, Christians Seen as Major World Problem” by Terry James

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Prophetic truth emerged during the past week as developing news with Israel and America at its center. An undercurrent of growing dislike for those who hold to biblical literalness at the same time continues to flow and spread within circles of government–but more about that in due course.

The prophet Zechariah’s ancient prediction that Israel and Jerusalem will be a heavy stone of burden that will, in effect, rupture nations of the world who try to lift them out of their place where God has set them seems on the brink of fulfillment. One news report correctly assesses that no other city on the planet but Jerusalem would make world news headlines for wrangling over whether and where housing construction will take place. What possible difference could such decisions reached within a small city government anywhere else in the world make to international leaderships at the highest levels?

Yet God’s words through Zechariah seem front and center while consternation among the nations grows: “And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it” (Zech. 12:3).

The news story I mention sums up, in specific terms, Jerusalem’s unique position among cities this way: News items that would not make it past the local editor’s desk in a neighborhood weekly become international news headlines when they concern Jerusalem–and this week it happened twice again. Army Radio reported that the Jerusalem Municipality is planning to approve the construction of a synagogue and other public buildings in the Gilo neighborhood, and the item was quickly picked up by AFP, Yahoo.com, and other world media sites.

In addition, it is also being widely reported that after braving budgetary obstacles, the municipality plans to resume its policy of razing selected illegal structures.

Both of these normative city government activities are an affront to U.S. President Barack Obama, who has been publicly pressuring Israel–specifically, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu–to cease both of these activities. In fact, officials in the U.S. administration have even suggested that Obama publicly announce American support for a new Palestinian state in, inter alia, all or most of eastern Jerusalem. Obama is reportedly “waiting for the right time” to do so.” (Hillel Fendel, “Jerusalem Construction and Demolition Back in the News,” IsraelNationalNews.com, 4/13/10)

Anger toward the Jewish state by the man who currently holds what is usually considered the most powerful office in the world is finally causing great concern among the liberal Jewish leaders in the United States–and particularly from a former mayor of New York City, who traditionally has been a blazing proponent for most all Democrat Party ideology.

Edward Koch, one of the best known Jewish leaders in America for many years, and a liberal Democrat who served as mayor of New York City, wrote recently that he is distraught over President Obama’s hateful treatment of Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu, while embracing Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai, who has threatened to join with the Taliban if America doesn’t stop making demands on him.

I weep today because my president, Barack Obama, in a few weeks has changed the relationship between the U.S. and Israel from that of closest of allies to one in which there is an absence of trust on both sides. The contrast between how the president and his administration deals with Israel and how it has decided to deal with the Karzai administration in Afghanistan is striking…

[Israel,] our closest ally — the one with the special relationship with the U.S., has been demeaned and slandered, held responsible by the administration for our problems in Afghanistan and Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East. The plan I suspect is to so weaken the resolve of the Jewish state and its leaders that it will be much easier to impose on Israel an American plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, leaving Israel’s needs for security and defensible borders in the lurch. (Ed Koch, “A Dangerous Silence,” Jewish World Review, 4/13/10)

Now, to get back to the earlier-mentioned undercurrent of growing dislike for those who hold to biblical literalness: Troubling developments are afoot in this nation. It seems the only intolerance that is allowed is intolerance of anyone who puts forth the message of God’s Word from the perspective that the Bible is to be taken literally.

There is an insidious lumping-together being perpetrated by those who demand that we all be tolerant, but hold themselves to no such restriction. Jews who believe Israel has the God-given right to exist, with Jerusalem as its capital, are not to be tolerated. Christians who believe that the Bible is the literal Word of God, and that Jesus is the only way to redemption and is coming back during a war called Armageddon, are not to be tolerated. These two groups are in the process of being marginalized by the would-be masters of this nation and the world.

Chuck Baldwin, a pastor and columnist whose articles sometimes appear in the “Newest Articles” section of raptureready.com, made the recent observation that a United States Army officer responsible for disseminating information in an official capacity attacks those military officers who consider biblical prophecy to be taken as literal.

Baldwin gave the officer’s words :

First, millennial thought and its policy implications may create strategic transparency that affords adversaries an advantage in decision-making. Second, an understanding of American millennial thinking may provide adversaries with the means to manipulate American policy and subsequent action. Third, the enemy may exploit American millennialism to increase the fragility of and even disrupt coalitions. Fourth, adversaries may exploit American millennialism to demoralize or TERRORIZE joint forces and the American people. By recognizing these potential vulnerabilities, military leaders and planners may TAKE ACTION NOW to mitigate the effects. (Maj. Brian L. Stuckert, “Strategic Implications of American Millennialism,” p. 2, emphasis added; quoted in Chuck Balwin, “Army Report Says Chrsitians Threaten U.S. Foreign Policy,” News with Views, 4/14/10)

Baldwin wrote that Maj. Stuckert, when using the term “millennial thought,” means eschatological doctrine–thinking that involves the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Baldwin infers–and I agree–that Stuckert is saying that a literal interpretation of the Bible in this sense is dangerous and that action should be taken against those who believe this way.

Baldwin writes:

This is…a report written by an active duty Army major [who is now stationed in Afghanistan, I am told] for one of America’s war colleges. Before analyzing this report, here are some questions to ponder. Whose brainchild was this report? Did the major select the topic himself or did a superior assign it to him? To whom exactly was the report distributed? How was the report used? What are the interconnections between this report and the MIAC and Department of Homeland Security reports that draw similar conclusions? And perhaps the biggest question is, What does this report portend for government action in the future? (ibid.)

Jesus’ words ring true in these closing days of this age of grace:

If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also. (John 15:18-23)

–Terry

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Obama and Israel: Showdown at the UN?

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

“I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
Genesis 12:3

Christians need to pray like never before.
Obama seems hellbent on bring down the wrath of God on the United States like never before. We need to pray that God will hold back His wrath for the sake of us who are trying to obey his directions.

The Obama administration is reportedly signaling another major shift in policy towards one of its staunchest allies, Israel, and this shift could change the way it votes at the Security Council. The change would mean an end to the US’ use of its veto power in the United Nations Security Council when certain anti-Israel resolutions are introduced for a vote.‪

Reports surfaced a couple of weeks ago, that a senior US diplomat met with Qatar’s foreign minister in Paris. They discussed the possibility that the US was giving serious consideration to not using its veto if a vote on Israeli settlements was to come up. It has been the policy of successive administrations to veto virtually all anti-Israel resolutions at the Security Council.‪

While the Israeli spokesperson at the United Nations would not comment on the reports, US officials at the UN told Fox News that there is no such initiative before the Security Council and they are not “pursuing or encouraging such action”, but some critics believe they are playing a game of smoke and mirrors.‪

Anne Bayefsky is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and Touro College and says the administration, like none other before them, appears prepared to blackmail Israel at the UN. She says “The administration may imagine that the threat of withholding the veto at the Security Council, or the failure to oppose vigorously any one of a constant stream of anti-Israel UN concoctions, will be good for the United States. They will be dead wrong.” She believes “Israel’s enemies are America’s enemies, and an effort by the Obama administration to use the UN as a tool to blackmail Israel or undermine Israel’s independence and security is a double-edged sword.‪”

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Pro-Homosexual Legislation to Force Companies to Hire Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgenders

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Another step toward normalizing deviant sexual behavior is pending in congress.

Congress is moving ahead on plans to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2009 (H.R. 3017). The bill presents a lot of problems, according to Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition, who says it requires that every state, local, and federal government and businesses with 15 or more employees comply with the law.

“A lot of people have heard of ENDA. What they’re not aware of is that they’ve added a term — ‘gender identity’ — to the bill,” she explains. “[That] means that every school in America will be forced to comply with the hiring of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgenders.”

Currently these 38 states do not allow for transgendered teachers in the classroom or ‘special protections’ for transgenders,” she points out. “[But] what ENDA will do is…tell these 38 states ‘We’re overriding your law — and you must comply.'”

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“Icelandic Volcano Spreads Chaos Across Europe” by Todd Strandberg

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

A volcanic eruption in Iceland has blanketed much of Europe in a vast ash cloud. The volcanic ash, drifting between twenty thousand and thirty-six thousand feet, has left tens of thousands of travelers stranded around the globe. Airports across Europe are in lock-down mode.

The eruption has caused Europe to experience the greatest disruption in air travel in all of aviation history. For nearly a week now, there has been average of sixteen thousand canceled flights each day. The financial cost for carriers is about $200 million a day, the International Air Transport Association estimates. The flight delays from 9/11 only lasted three days. This disruption may go on for months.

Volcanic ash contains tiny particles of glass and pulverized rock that can clog jet engines. In 1982, a British Airways jumbo jet lost power in all four engines when it flew into an ash cloud over Indonesia, gliding towards the ground before it was able to restart two engines.

The volcano causing all the trouble is under the Ejfjallajokull glacier, Iceland ‘s fifth largest glacier. It has erupted five times since Iceland was settled in the ninth century.

Europe’s problems could just be at the beginning stage. Scientists say history has proved that when the Ejfjallajokull volcano erupts, the nearby volcano Katla normally follows. When Katla last blew, in the nineteenth century, it remained active for twelve months.

Iceland’s volcanoes are ranked as some of the most deadly in the world. Because they sit on a spreading fault that is over a hot spot, they tend to be very explosive in nature, producing large amounts of toxic gas.

Laki is a legendary Icelandic volcano, which had a huge eruption in 1783. The volcano caused nationwide damage when it spectacularly exploded, killing more than 50 percent of the livestock population in Iceland at the time due to the clouds of poisonous fluorine and sulfur dioxide. The resulting famine killed 25 percent of the population.

The after-effects were felt all over the world. Many died from gas poisoning in the British Isles seven hundred miles to the south.

Clouds of aerosols built up, causing a cooling effect on the whole northern hemisphere and killing more than eight thousand people in Britain in the following winter. In North America, the winter of 1784 was the longest and one of the coldest on record. There was a record amount of snow in New Jersey, the Mississippi River froze at New Orleans, and there was ice in the Gulf of Mexico.
(http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-deadly-volcano-eruptions.php)

Laki even had a negative impact on food production. After the eruption, crop yields fell in western Europe and famine spread. Some historians even linked the eruption to the French Revolution.

There is no immediate indication that the current volcanic activity will lead to the types of calamity experienced after the 1783 eruption. However, this is not a year to place any trust in historic averages.

If you read last week’s observation that prophetic activity is picking up, you would know that we are in uncharted territory. This year had already received its multi-decade quota for earthquakes.

In our “Rapture Talk” audio broadcast for April 12, Terry and I predicted that the pace of prophecy fulfillment would seem to indicate that another major earthquake event would occur before the end of the year. Two days later, one struck China. According to some reports, the death toll from the 7.1-magnitude earthquake could reach ten thousand.

It is amazing to live in a time when the signs of the last days have become a regular occurrence. “Mother Nature” has gone crazy, and yet most people take these events in stride. Because it has always been part of man’s nature to speculate about the root cause of calamity, the sudden silence would seem indicate a spirit of delusion is at work here.

Jesus said the day of His return would be marked by a lack of awareness. Because the “think-not hour” is so unique to our time, I consider it to be one the greatest signs of the times. The level of apathy in the face of major Bible prophecy activity has become so extreme, it seems logical for me to conclude that the Rapture must be very near.

“And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?” (Matthew 16:3).

— Todd

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Happy Yom Ha’atzmaut – Independence Day – to Israel

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

This is what the Lord says, he who appoints the sun to shine by day, who decrees the moon and stars to shine by night, who stirs up the sea so that the waves roar — the Lord Almighty is his name: “Only if these decrees vanish from my sight,” declares the Lord, “will the descendants of Israel ever cease to be a nation before me.” This is what the Lord says: “Only if the heavens above can be measured and the foundations of the earth below be searched out will I reject all the descendants of Israel because of all they have done,” declares the Lord.
Jeremiah 31:35-37 (New International Version)

Israel is Born (Again)

Happy Yom Ha’atzmaut (יום העצמאות,‎ عيد الإستقلال‎) to all of our Israeli friends. Israel is sixty-two years old today.

Israel is Born (Again)

Yom Ha’atzmaut (Hebrew: יום העצמאות‎ yōm hā-‘aṣmā’ūṯ; Arabic: عيد الإستقلال‎ ‘īd al-istiqlāl) is the national independence day of Israel, commemorating its declaration of independence in 1948.

Celebrated annually on or around the 5th of the Jewish month of Iyar, it centers around the declaration of the state of Israel by David Ben Gurion in Tel Aviv on May 14, 1948 (5 Iyar, 5708), and the end of the British Mandate of Palestine.

It is always preceded by Yom Hazikaron, the Israeli Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism Remembrance Day on the 4th of Iyar.

An official ceremony is held every year on Mount Herzl, Jerusalem on the evening of Yom Ha’atzmaut. The ceremony includes a speech by the speaker of the Knesset (the Israeli Parliament), a dramatic presentation, a ritual march of soldiers carrying the Flag of Israel, forming elaborate structures (such as a Menorah, Magen David and a number which represents the age of Israel) and the lighting of twelve torches (one for each of the Tribes of Israel). Every year a dozen Israeli citizens, who made a significant social contribution in a selected area, are invited to light the torches.

Israel is Born (Again)

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