Israel Creates New National Holiday Celebrating Immigrants


Israel has formally declared a new national holiday celebrating its Jewish immigrants and acknowledging their various contributions to the state.

The Knesset passed the National Aliyah (immigration) Day into law in its second and third readings on Wednesday, with 21 Knesset members in favor and five opposed.

Literally “ascension,” aliyah is a Hebrew term used to refer to Jewish immigration to Israel.

The Aliyah Day will be marked by celebrations in the Knesset, a special cabinet session, and events at the president’s residence, in schools, the army, and the police force, the law stipulates.

 

MARISSA NEWMAN, TIMES OF ISRAEL

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