The Israel Film Service Collection

Independence Day 1957

19 Minutes, 1956
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Directed by: Unknown
Production Company:Israel Film Service
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

A special newsreel summarizing the ninth year of Israel’s independence.
Since its eighth independence day, Israel has known one war, significant industrial growth, and intense immigration. This newsreel comprises remarkable news reports broadcasted in Israel between 1956-1957, which include the following: the absorption of 750 thousand new immigrants; the absorption of young immigrants under Youth Aliyah; the settlement of new immigrants in permanent settlements (rather than transit camps); the “Citrus and Agricultural Export” exhibition in Beit Dagan; agricultural festivals in immigrants’ settlements, such as the “Grape Harvest Festival” and “Sheep Shearing Festival”; the production of steel pipelines for the Trans Israel Pipeline; the inauguration of new water pipelines; the training of youth for industrial vocations in vocational schools; the Eliezer Kaplan Work Awards ceremony in Haifa; the industrial exposition in Haifa; the completion of the railway from Haifa to Beersheba; the inauguration of new Israeli Navy destroyers “Yafo” and “Eilat”; the training of new IDF soldiers and officers; the Artillery Corps’ gathering at Ramat Gan Stadium; Fidayeen and artillery attacks on Israeli border settlements and the volunteering of civilians for defense tasks; the Suez Crisis (Sinai War) and Prime Minister David Ben Gurions’s visit to the occupied Sinai peninsula; Israeli President Yitzhak Ben Zvi’s visit aboard INS Haifa; the return of four Israeli prisoners of war () from Egypt; the announcement of a security loan to cover the expenses of the Sinai War; the strenghening of the bonds between Israel and France and the purchace of Dassault Mystère IV jets from the European country; the arrival of ships to the Port of Eilat thatks to the freedom of navigation in the Gulf of Aquaba, secured in the war.

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