The Israeli Knesset has formally declared a new holiday, National Aliyah Day, to celebrate the country’s history of immigration and immigrants’ contributions to the Jewish state.
Approved in final vote: ”Aliyah Day” to be marked on the seventh of Cheshvan https://t.co/SdegKblZeL pic.twitter.com/1A5oKSajsD
— הכנסת (@KnessetIL) June 21, 2016
The new holiday, which will fall on the seventh day of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan (falling anywhere from late October to early November depending on the Gregorian calendar year), will be marked by celebrations in the Knesset; a special cabinet session; and events at the president’s residence, schools, and army and police facilities.
“Israel’s prosperity was achieved, in part, thanks to those who left what they had behind and moved to the land of Israel,” stated the bill that formalized the new holiday.
Government to pass new holiday: ‘Aliyah Day’
The Knesset is expected to unanimously approve on Monday a second… https://t.co/RqzvNlgXDP
— Unofficial : Mossad (@MossadNews) June 19, 2016
“Moreover, the immigration to Israel is a symbol of Jewish history, during which the Jews lived in Israel, were expelled, but never abandoned it for a moment and returned to it—their historical home—as part of the Zionist national miracle,” the bill added.