The Israel Film Service Collection

Israel's 12th Independence Day

9 Minutes, 1961
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Directed by: Unknown
Production Company:Israel Film Service
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

A special newsreel for Israel’s 12th Independence Day.
On the eve of Israel’s anniversary, memorial services are held in military cemeteries across the country. A service for fallen members of the Air Force takes place on Mount Tayyasim. On Jerusalem’s Mount Zion, rabbis chant prayers of thanksgiving for the independence of the state. Ahead of Independence Day, members of the diplomatic corps come to Jerusalem to extend their greeting to President of Israel Yitzhak Ben Zvi at his official residence. Receptions and garden parties are held across the country: in Nazareth, the military governor of the Galilee Lieutenant Colonel Yehoshua Verbin welcomes members of the Druze and Arab communities, who come to extend their greetings; in Tel Aviv, deputy mayor Eliezer Shechter hosts a garden party and later attends a ceremony with young Gadna cadets. The same evening, the 12th Independence Day is officially inaugurated at a torch ceremony on Mount Herzl, Jerusalem. The traditional torches are lit by 12 veteran Zionists.
The following day in Haifa, 300,000 people watch the annual IDF parade. On the reviewing stand are President Ben Zvi and his wife Rachel, Prime Minister David Ben Gurion, and Chief of the General Staff Lieutenant General Haim Laskov. Contingents of military units and armored vehicles pass in review. In the air and at sea, the Air Force and Navy display their aircraft and watercraft. The holiday comes to a close with dance and song in Israel’s cities and settlements, such as Rosh HaAyin and Tel Aviv. Signaling the end of Israel’s 12th year of independence is a display of fireworks.

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