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ISRAEL CELEBRATES 60 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

Festivities began May 8th, at the end of Yom Hazikaon, the solemn, 24-hour day of mourning for the more than 20,000 soldiers and civilians killed in fighting that preceded and followed Israel 's creation. Mostly, Israelis celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut by going to parks and picnic sites. Nature reserves, picnic sites, and museums were open to the public and the IDF opened selected bases to the public.

ISRAEL BRINGS IN DIGNITARIES FOR ITS 60TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Israel's President, Shimon Peres, announced that a May conference marking its 60th birthday will open with a tribute to Israel's staunchest ally, the United States. In attendance will be President Bush and Barbra Streisand. "After 60 years we want to stand up and say 'thank you America,'" Israeli President Shimon Peres said in an interview with The Associated Press.

EIGHT KILLED IN TERRORIST ATTACK AT JERUSALEM YESHIVA

Eight teenage students were killed and nine others were wounded when a terrorist entered a crowded Jerusalem yeshiva and opened fire on March 6th. The head of the Zaka emergency service described the scene after the shooting as "like a slaughterhouse." Three of the wounded in the attack at the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva were in serious condition while the other six were slightly hurt.

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