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Jerusalem - Israel Honors Fallen Soldiers On Annual Memorial Day

Published on: May 10, 2016 03:05 PM
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Israeli attend a Memorial Day ceremony at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site, in Jerusalem's Old City, May 10, 2016 as Israel commemorates its fallen soldiers. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90Israeli attend a Memorial Day ceremony at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site, in Jerusalem's Old City, May 10, 2016 as Israel commemorates its fallen soldiers. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90

Jerusalem - Israel has begun its annual Memorial Day commemoration for fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism.

Sirens wailed Tuesday night across Israel, bringing the country to a standstill. Israelis stopped in their tracks at 8 p.m. and stood silently for a minute to honor and remember the dead.

It’s one of the most somber dates on the Israeli calendar. Places of entertainment shut down. Radio and TV stations air documentaries about wars.

The melancholic atmosphere ends sharply at sundown Wednesday when independence day celebrations begin.

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The country is marking Memorial Day amid an eight month-long wave of Palestinian violence that has killed 28 Israelis and two Americans. About 200 Palestinians have been killed, most said by Israel to have been attackers while the rest were killed in clashes with Israeli forces.

Israel President Reuven Rivlin attends a Memorial Day ceremony at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site, in Jerusalem's Old City,  May 10, 2016. Israel commemorates its fallen soldiers on Memorial Day, which begins tonight.  (Credit: GPO)Israel President Reuven Rivlin attends a Memorial Day ceremony at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site, in Jerusalem’s Old City,  May 10, 2016. Israel commemorates its fallen soldiers on Memorial Day, which begins tonight.  (Credit: GPO)
Israel President Reuven Rivlin attends a Memorial Day ceremony at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site, in Jerusalem's Old City,  May 10, 2016. Israel commemorates its fallen soldiers on Memorial Day, which begins tonight.  (Credit: GPO)Israel President Reuven Rivlin attends a Memorial Day ceremony at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site, in Jerusalem’s Old City,  May 10, 2016. Israel commemorates its fallen soldiers on Memorial Day, which begins tonight.  (Credit: GPO)
Israeli youth Scouts are reflected in a pool as they light torches, during a memorial ceremony at the Mount Herzl military cemetery, on the eve of Memorial Day in Jerusalem, Israel, 10 May 2016. Israel mark its 'Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Israeli Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism'. (Credit: EPA)Israeli youth Scouts are reflected in a pool as they light torches, during a memorial ceremony at the Mount Herzl military cemetery, on the eve of Memorial Day in Jerusalem, Israel, 10 May 2016. Israel mark its ‘Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Israeli Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism’. (Credit: EPA)
Israeli youth Scouts perform during a memorial ceremony at the Mount Herzl military cemetery, on the eve of Memorial Day in Jerusalem, Israel, 10 May 2016. Israel mark its 'Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Israeli Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism'. (Credit: EPA)Israeli youth Scouts perform during a memorial ceremony at the Mount Herzl military cemetery, on the eve of Memorial Day in Jerusalem, Israel, 10 May 2016. Israel mark its ‘Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Israeli Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism’. (Credit: EPA)
Candles are lit on graves of Israeli fallen  soldiers killed in battle, during a memorial  ceremony at the Mount Herzl military cemetery, on the eve of Memorial Day in Jerusalem, Israel, 10 May 2016. Israel mark its 'Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Israeli Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism'. (Credit: EPA)Candles are lit on graves of Israeli fallen soldiers killed in battle, during a memorial ceremony at the Mount Herzl military cemetery, on the eve of Memorial Day in Jerusalem, Israel, 10 May 2016. Israel mark its ‘Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Israeli Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism’. (Credit: EPA)
Israeli soldiers from the Givati brigade stand still near kibbutz Nahal Oz, just outside the Gaza Strip, as a one-minute siren marking Memorial Day is sounded across Israel May 10, 2016. Israel commemorates its fallen soldiers on Memorial Day, which began at sundown Tuesday.  (Credit: REUTERS)Israeli soldiers from the Givati brigade stand still near kibbutz Nahal Oz, just outside the Gaza Strip, as a one-minute siren marking Memorial Day is sounded across Israel May 10, 2016. Israel commemorates its fallen soldiers on Memorial Day, which began at sundown Tuesday.  (Credit: REUTERS)
Israelis stand still in silence on Rabin square in Tel Aviv, as a siren is sounded across Israel, marking Memorial Day which commemorates Israel's fallen soldiers and victims of terror on May 10, 2016. (Credit: Flash90)Israelis stand still in silence on Rabin square in Tel Aviv, as a siren is sounded across Israel, marking Memorial Day which commemorates Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terror on May 10, 2016. (Credit: Flash90)
Israeli soldiers from the Givati brigade stand still near kibbutz Nahal Oz, just outside the Gaza Strip, as a one-minute siren marking Memorial Day is sounded across Israel May 10, 2016. Israel commemorates its fallen soldiers on Memorial Day, which began at sundown Tuesday.  (Credit: REUTERS)Israeli soldiers from the Givati brigade stand still near kibbutz Nahal Oz, just outside the Gaza Strip, as a one-minute siren marking Memorial Day is sounded across Israel May 10, 2016. Israel commemorates its fallen soldiers on Memorial Day, which began at sundown Tuesday.  (Credit: REUTERS)
Israeli soldiers stand at attention and bow their heads as siren heard during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site, in Jerusalem's Old City, May 10, 2016 as Israel commemorates its fallen soldiers. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90 (Credit: Flash90)Israeli soldiers stand at attention and bow their heads as siren heard during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site, in Jerusalem’s Old City, May 10, 2016 as Israel commemorates its fallen soldiers. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90 (Credit: Flash90)
Israeli attend a Memorial Day ceremony at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site, in Jerusalem's Old City, May 10, 2016 as Israel commemorates its fallen soldiers. (Credit: Flash90)Israeli attend a Memorial Day ceremony at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site, in Jerusalem’s Old City, May 10, 2016 as Israel commemorates its fallen soldiers. (Credit: Flash90)
A man carries an Israeli flag during preparation for a ceremony to mark Israel's Memorial Day for fallen soldiers at the Mount of Olives cemetery in east Jerusalem, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Israel will mark the annual Memorial Day in remembrance of soldiers who died in the nation's conflicts, beginning at dusk Tuesday until Wednesday evening. (Credit: AP)A man carries an Israeli flag during preparation for a ceremony to mark Israel’s Memorial Day for fallen soldiers at the Mount of Olives cemetery in east Jerusalem, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Israel will mark the annual Memorial Day in remembrance of soldiers who died in the nation’s conflicts, beginning at dusk Tuesday until Wednesday evening. (Credit: AP)
A group of tourists overlook Jerusalem's Old City during preparation for a ceremony to mark Israel's Memorial Day for fallen soldiers at the Mount of Olives cemetery in east Jerusalem, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Israel will mark the annual Memorial Day in remembrance of soldiers who died in the nation's conflicts, beginning at dusk Tuesday until Wednesday evening. (Credit: AP)A group of tourists overlook Jerusalem’s Old City during preparation for a ceremony to mark Israel’s Memorial Day for fallen soldiers at the Mount of Olives cemetery in east Jerusalem, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Israel will mark the annual Memorial Day in remembrance of soldiers who died in the nation’s conflicts, beginning at dusk Tuesday until Wednesday evening. (Credit: AP)
Workers place the Israeli flag during preparation for a ceremony to mark Israel's Memorial Day for fallen soldiers at the Mount of Olives cemetery in east Jerusalem, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Israel will mark the annual Memorial Day in remembrance of soldiers who died in the nation's conflicts, beginning at dusk Tuesday until Wednesday evening. (Credit: AP)Workers place the Israeli flag during preparation for a ceremony to mark Israel’s Memorial Day for fallen soldiers at the Mount of Olives cemetery in east Jerusalem, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Israel will mark the annual Memorial Day in remembrance of soldiers who died in the nation’s conflicts, beginning at dusk Tuesday until Wednesday evening. (Credit: AP)
Israeli soldiers salute after placing small flags on the grave of fallen soldiers on the eve of memorial Day in Kiryat Shaul military cemetery in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Israel marks the annual Memorial Day in remembrance of soldiers who died in the nation's conflicts, beginning at dusk Tuesday until Wednesday evening. (Credit: AP)Israeli soldiers salute after placing small flags on the grave of fallen soldiers on the eve of memorial Day in Kiryat Shaul military cemetery in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Israel marks the annual Memorial Day in remembrance of soldiers who died in the nation’s conflicts, beginning at dusk Tuesday until Wednesday evening. (Credit: AP)
Israeli soldiers salute after placing small flags on the grave of fallen soldiers on the eve of memorial Day in Kiryat Shaul military cemetery in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Israel marks the annual Memorial Day in remembrance of soldiers who died in the nation's conflicts, beginning at dusk Tuesday until Wednesday evening. (Credit: AP)Israeli soldiers salute after placing small flags on the grave of fallen soldiers on the eve of memorial Day in Kiryat Shaul military cemetery in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Israel marks the annual Memorial Day in remembrance of soldiers who died in the nation’s conflicts, beginning at dusk Tuesday until Wednesday evening. (Credit: AP)
Israeli soldiers salute after placing small flags on the grave of fallen soldiers on the eve of memorial Day in Kiryat Shaul military cemetery in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Israel marks the annual Memorial Day in remembrance of soldiers who died in the nation's conflicts, beginning at dusk Tuesday until Wednesday evening. (Credit: AP)Israeli soldiers salute after placing small flags on the grave of fallen soldiers on the eve of memorial Day in Kiryat Shaul military cemetery in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Israel marks the annual Memorial Day in remembrance of soldiers who died in the nation’s conflicts, beginning at dusk Tuesday until Wednesday evening. (Credit: AP)
An Israeli soldier places small flags with black ribbons on graves of fallen soldiers on the eve of memorial Day in Kiryat Shaul military cemetery in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Israel marks the annual Memorial Day in remembrance of soldiers who died in the nation's conflicts, beginning at dusk Tuesday until Wednesday evening. (Credit: AP)An Israeli soldier places small flags with black ribbons on graves of fallen soldiers on the eve of memorial Day in Kiryat Shaul military cemetery in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Israel marks the annual Memorial Day in remembrance of soldiers who died in the nation’s conflicts, beginning at dusk Tuesday until Wednesday evening. (Credit: AP)
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 May 10, 2016 at 03:29 PM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

Let this be the last year when Jewish soldiers are buried.

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 May 10, 2016 at 05:22 PM ALTERG1 Says:

If they wouldnt capture israel from the arabs & would listen to hashem not to take a own land till משיח comes ALL this fallen soliders would still be alive, what a shood.

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 May 10, 2016 at 06:06 PM Anonymous Says:

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ALTERG1 Says:

If they wouldnt capture israel from the arabs & would listen to hashem not to take a own land till משיח comes ALL this fallen soliders would still be alive, what a shood.

#2 is a moron but why keep printing his comments. I know that only he understands Hashem's ways but even today? Give us all break from his stupidity for one day at least. These soldiers fell protecting him , and thousands of other people like him. enough already with hatred for the state

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