Israel Celebrates 49th Jerusalem Day
Jerusalem Day is being celebrated across Israel on Sunday, marking 49 years since the capital’s reunification in the Six-Day War.
Jerusalem Day is being celebrated across Israel on Sunday, marking 49 years since the capital’s reunification in the Six-Day War. Memorial services will be held during the day for fallen soldiers of the six-day war.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat will hold a reception for citizens of the capital from 3:30pm to 5pm today at the Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem in the Old City.
This year, as in every year, the center of the festivities will be the traditional Flag Dance procession, organized by the Am K’lavi association. The parade will begin at 4pm in the city center and will continue to the Western Wall via Damascus Gate and the Muslim Quarter. The Israel Police have advised that they will operate “uncompromisingly against any attempt to violate law and order” and called on the participants “to refrain from physical or verbal violence.”
Starting in the afternoon, performances and other events organized by neighborhood councils are to take place across the city, culminating with the Student Day celebrations in Sacher Park with a marathon of performances that are to last all night.
This evening the Muslim festival of Ramadan begins and the Israel police are strengthening forces in Jerusalem’s Old City ahead of the annual parade to prevent any incitement and attacks.