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Israel moves from mourning to
celebration with the sound of a siren.
Israel observes Yom HaZikaron – Memorial Day – to honor the memory of all those soldiers who have died defending Israel over the years, and all those who died in terror attacks in the State.  It is a day of enormous sadness nationally, as so many have been touched by loss.  At sundown, a siren sounds and the nation then immediately begins Yom Ha’azmaut, Independence Day, celebrated with great joy across the nation.  Everyone understands that the sacrifices of the soldiers and those who lost their lives in attacks have made Israeli independence possible.


The IDF inducts young people with autism to do high level work in Intelligence Unit 9900, which maps and analyzes visual data. Soldiers with autism can excel at this work because they are often adept at detecting patterns and maintaining focus for long periods of time.