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Jerusalem Day

National and Public Holidays in Israel National Holiday in Israel

Jerusalem, Israel

When is Jerusalem Day*?

Year Day Date
2018 Sunday May 13th
2017 Wednesday May 24th
2016 Sunday June 5th
2015 Sunday May 17th
2014 Wednesday May 28th
2013 Wednesday May 8th

Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day, commemorates the reunification of Jerusalem after the Six-Day War.

It is celebrated on the 28th of Iyar in the Jewish calendar, which means it is celebrated close to Independence Day.

Following the creation of the state of Israel in 1948, it had been agreed that Jerusalem would be an international city for ten years, after which time the residents could vote for what country they wanted to join. However Israel was attacked by Jordan in May 1948 resulting in parts of Jerusalem being under Israeli control and parts under Jordanian rule.

On 6 June 1967, the Six-day war began. On 7 June (28th of Iyar), the Jordanian controlled part of Jerusalem was taken by Israeli forces. The war ended with a cease fire on 11 June 1967.

In May 1968, The 28th of Iyar was proclaimed as a holiday to mark the unification of Jerusalem.

In 1998, the Israeli government passed the Jerusalem Day Law, making this day a national holiday.

*Like other Jewish holidays, Yom Yerushalayim will begin at sundown on the previous day.

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