Jerusalem Day in Israel in 2020

Jerusalem Day in Israel in 2020
  How long until Jerusalem Day?
This holiday next takes place in 306 days.
  Dates of Jerusalem Day in Israel
2021Israel Mon, May 10Not A Public Holiday
2020Israel Fri, May 22Not A Public Holiday
2019Israel Sun, Jun 2Not A Public Holiday
2018Israel Sun, May 13Not A Public Holiday
2017Israel Wed, May 24Not A Public Holiday
  Summary
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.

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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