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November 30, 2015 4:02 pm

In Light of Terror Wave, ‘Civilian Heroism’ to Be Theme of Next Israeli Independence Day

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Israel Independence Day. In 2016, it will be a salute to Israeli citizens. Photo: Wikipedia.

Israeli Independence Day. In 2016, it will be a salute to Israeli citizens. Photo: Wikipedia.

The theme of next year’s Independence Day will be “civilian heroism,” Israel’s Ministerial Committee for Ceremonies and Symbols has announced.

“In honor of the 68th anniversary of Israel’s establishment, and in view of the varied and various challenges to its values and security, I consider it the right thing to do to celebrate the heroism of Israeli civilians,” said committee chair and Minister of Culture and Sport Miri Regev, according to Israeli news site Walla on Monday.

“Israeli citizens have been exhibiting alertness, resourcefulness and courage in the face of the current terror situation, which is worthy of every ounce of praise,” she said.

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But, said Regev, this courage is not only about terrorism. “Civilian heroism is many-faceted and is revealed in all aspects of Israeli life. Israel owes the strength and beauty of its society to its citizens — to their bravery, determination and dedication. It will be an honor for all of us this Independence Day for Israel to salute its citizens.”

Israel’s next Independence Day falls on May 12, 2016.

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