As Memorial Day ends, Israelis celebrate 67 years of independence

People, some wrapping Israeli flags around themselves, watch as fireworks explode from the roof of the Tel Aviv city hall during celebrations for Israel’s Independence Day marking the 67th anniversary of the creation of the state, April 22, 2015. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Israel on Wednesday night moved from mourning its fallen to celebrating the 67th anniversary of its founding as Memorial Day gave way to Independence Day.

Ahead of the celebrations, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot all chose to invite one person — a “hero of Israel” — to the annual festivities at the president’s residence.

Rivlin chose to honor ultra-Orthodox filmmaker Rama Burshtein, director of the critically acclaimed “Fill the Void” in 2012, according to Ynet…

F150422YS30-e1429735210933Israelis play with “snow spray”, on the streets of Jerusalem, as Israel’s celebrates its 67th Independence Day on April 22, 2015. (Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Palestine Story (1948) British Pathé, Details on video here. (h/t Martin Kramer)