Last night it was fireworks, as well as various ceremonies and celebrations.
Today there were impressive jet formations overhead.
Oh, and we cannot forget the barbecues (mangal). This is traditional for Independence Day. Every park is full.
I want to remind people about the NYC rally this Sunday, April 25, at 1:00, in front of the Israeli Consulate, 2nd Avenue between 42nd and 43rd Streets.
What I failed to mention last time (with apologizes) is that the chief organizer is Beth Galinsky, Jewish Action Alliance.
Wonderful if you can attend, but also very important is getting your various organizations to officially sign on or send a contingent of support. The silence of many of the establishment Jewish organizations is deafening. It’s time for all those who care to ask what is going on and make as much noise as possible.
Then I wanted to mention another event of significance:
The European Coalition for Israel (ECI), in conjunction with the Canadian Supporters for Israel’s Legal Rights (CASILER), is going to be commemorating the 90th anniversary of the signing of the San Remo Resolution, on April 24th and 25th. (Yes, the 24th is Shabbat, and Shabbat arrangements are being made for observant participants.) This event will be held in San Remo, Italy, on the site of the original Conference.
Most of you have never heard of this, I have no doubt. It is an historical event of importance that has slipped through the cracks of Jewish awareness. What I speak about regularly is the Mandate for Palestine of 1922, in which the League of Nations conferred upon Britain responsibility for establishing a Jewish homeland in Palestine. The San Remo Resolution set the ground legally for the Mandate. Its proceedings solidify Jewish rights to all of the land between the River and the Sea.
Information on this wasn’t available soon enough to alert people who might consider attending. I think the idea blossomed relatively spontaneously. A second event may follow next year, with a great deal more lead time in announcement. In any event, as to the proceedings and issues involved, you will be hearing more from me.