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April 26, 2012

Happy Birthday Israel!

Filed under: Israel — Tags: — edge of the sandbox @ 12:34 pm

Israeli Independence day, Yom Ha’Atmaut, is April 26.  On this day we celebrate the Israeli Declaration of Independence and the establishment of the modern Jewish state in Palestine in 1948.

CiF Watch has a link to a fascinating collection of posters commemorating Israel’s statehood that were released by Israel’s Ministry of Education every year starting 1949 (sans 1957).  Cif Watch posted the very moving (I think) inaugural image and comments:

[M]y favourite of all the many beautiful designs is the very first one from 1949 which carries a quotation from the Declaration of Independence that is just as relevant today as it was all those decades ago.

“This right is the natural right of the Jewish people to be masters of their own fate, like all other nations, in their own sovereign State.”

קובץ:Israel 01 Independence Day 1949.jpg

In contrast with most other nations, that natural right still has to be defended and protected by Israelis.

I found the poster from last year intriguing:

Yom HaAtzmaut

Israeli Independence Day 2011

It’s a nesting doll of various Israeli memes.  The outermost doll is a builder, with Zionism being an ideology of building.  It’s nice that there are still people out there who after all these years still think of themselves as builders of civilization.  Most of us in the West prefer to deconstruct.  Then we have a businessman and a soldier as well as two undiscernable figures.  I love the fact that the smallest figure is that of a little boy because it speaks to the idea of generational continuity and the eternal life of the Jewish people.

I’m not into the quilty theme they had going in the 70s, but on the way out of the lost decade of style they produced a really nice image:

Yom HaAtzmaut

Independence Day 1979

I love the Jewish land theme coupled with a shining city upon a hill, and the Matisse meets folk art styling.  Another lovely one, reaching into the Jewish history:

Yom HaAtzmaut


This one was produced in 2002, on the height of the “Second Intifadah” when the terrorists were blowing up children at pizzerias and Holocaust survivors at Passover meals:

Yom HaAtzmaut

Yearning for peace

I remember seeing the image in papers at the time and thinking that Israelis are insane.



  1. Sometime, there will be happy days in the land of Abraham.

    Comment by calihurder — April 26, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

  2. Happy Birthday, Israel. Praise God for the fulfillment of His promises to bring His people home and to make you a nation in a day.

    Comment by David Tiffany — April 26, 2012 @ 3:08 pm

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    Comment by robertreeddaly — April 26, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

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