Jerusalem Day in Israel in 2023

Jerusalem Day in Israel in 2023

  How long until Jerusalem Day?
Jerusalem Day
  Dates of Jerusalem Day in Israel
2024 Israel Wed, Jun 5 Not A Public Holiday
2023 Israel Fri, May 19 Not A Public Holiday
2022 Israel Sun, May 29 Not A Public Holiday
2021 Israel Mon, May 10 Not A Public Holiday
2020 Israel Fri, May 22 Not A Public Holiday

Marks the reunification of Jerusalem after the Six-Day War in 1967

  Local name
Yom Yerushalayim

When is Jerusalem Day?

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

Also known as Jerusalem Reunification Day, this officially recognised national holiday is celebrated on the 28th of Iyar in the Jewish calendar, which means it is celebrated close to Independence Day.

It is the final holiday of the “Israeli high holidays.”

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

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

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