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An Israeli Defense Force soldier marches with an Israeli flag through the main gate of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp on Holocaust Remembrance Day (2003)

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(ISRAEL) officially the State of Israel, is a country in Western Asia, on the south-eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It is the world's only Jewish-majority state.

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"Do not remember the former things! Do do consider the things of old! Behold, I shall do a new thing. Now it will spring forth. Will you not know it? I shall even make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert." Isaiah 43:18-19 #GodOfIsrael

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Eleazar (Spiegel) Shafrir, a Holocaust survivor, raised this Israeli flag upon hearing the results of the vote in the UN on the 29th of November 1947 approving the creation of the State of Israel. In the photo he can be seen waving the flag of Israel on a British armored car during the celebrations. After fighting in Israel's War of Independence, Eleazar advanced in his field of chemistry, joined the faculty of the Hadassah Medical School and was appointed Professor.

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Masada in Israel. Hiked up one side and hiked down the snake trail of steps on the other side...October 2013

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Yitayish Ayenew, the first black Miss Israel and also the first woman of Ethiopian heritage to win the crown, poses with the Israeli flag at Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County, NJ, on June 14. “Part of being Jewish is being in the state of Israel,” she told the Solomon Schechter students, with visible emotion. “To be a Jew is to keep the tradition, to continue to be who we are. I am proud to be a Jew.” Photo by Maxine Dovere.

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