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JEWISH community leaders in Australia have condemned a barrage of Hamas rocket attacks against civilians in central Israel this week.
SEVENTY years of independence for Israel – a state that embodies "the best of Jewish tradition, free speech and debate, innovation, ingenuity and above all else, resilience", according to NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian – was celebrated at a Yom Ha'atzmaut reception on Monday night with over 700 attendees including political figures and interfaith leaders.
MORE than 600 members of the community turned out to pay their respects to Israel’s fallen soldiers and terror victims at a moving ceremony on Tuesday evening.
THE Jewish community will mark two inextricably linked commemorations – one celebratory and one sombre – next week.
“Though Israel has had to fight many wars, from the very beginning it has sought peace,” Zionist Council of NSW president Richard Balkin said at the Yom Hazikaron commemoration for fallen soldiers and victims of terror at Moriah College on Sunday night (April 30).
Moving tributes to the late former Israeli president Shimon Peres were held at communal events in Melbourne and Sydney last week.
Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove told The AJN it was an “honour to express the condolences of so many Australians” at Shimon Peres’ funeral.
DESPITE the gloomy weather, the Sydney Jewish community came out in force on Sunday to celebrate Israel’s 68th birthday.
SYDNEYSIDERS will be able to celebrate 68 years since the creation of the State of Israel at the Zionist Council of NSW’s (ZCNSW) Yom Ha’atzmaut 2016 community concert and carnival in May.
ZIONIST Federation of Australia president Danny Lamm will travel to Israel this week in defiance of the current deadly wave of Palestinian terrorism to attend the World Zionist Congress.