Jerusalem Day – Yom Yerushalayim

Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day, celebrating 48 years of the reunification Jerusalem, this year it begins Saturday night and goes to Sunday, May 17.

From 1948 until June 1967, no Jews were allowed in the Old City which was occupied and divided by Jordan.

Two students, one Ethiopian and other religious friends

This time of year, bus loads of students and soldiers are arriving in Jerusalem, Israel,         for tours of Jerusalem walking to the Old City.

Israeli flags for Jerusalem Day

Plane loads of tourists are arriving to participate in the experience, as Israeli blue and white flags are flying high.

Flag Parade Jerusalem Day

For the last 30 years, the Dance of the Flags has attracted tens of thousands each year to the Jerusalem streets. A couple of NGOs have tried again using the courts to stop the parade, which original used route of the Israelis who entered in 1967 to the Western Wall.

Dance of Flages on Jerusalem Day

But, Rikudgalim as it is called, is on for Sunday afternoon.

On Yom Yerushalayim, the energy is overwhelming, with young people singing, dancing and marching.

Arab artist presents Jerusalem mayor painting

Jerusalem Day starts with Jerusalem Mayor Barkat and his wife greeting city residents, and it is open to all residents of Jerusalem. Last year Barkat got a special gift from one artist.

Yom Yerushalyim

Not just teenagers are out, the diversity of the crowd is impressive. The 99.9% of participants who do not cause trouble you will not hear about.

Our video of the Israeli Opera performers singing ‘Yerushalayim Shel Zahav’ in the Machane Yehudah Market, the shuk, went viral when posted here.

Perfect time to enjoy again and get you into to the mood for Yom Yerushalayim, a very special time in Jerusalem.


Real Jstreets

I lived in the United States, Canada and Australia before moving to Israel in the midst of the Second Lebanon War. For the last ten years, walking the streets of Jerusalem, the scenes I saw every day did not resemble the ones familiar in the Western media. Now I try to share those positive images with the world, what is really happening in Jerusalem, Israel, The Real Jerusalem Streets

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