Jerusalem Day, Iyar 28, is also a date observed by Ethiopian Israelis in memory of some 4,000 of their brethren who perished on the way to Israel, in Sudanese refugee camps, before Operation Moses (1984), and Operation Solomon (1991).
The official government memorial on Mount Hertzl was established in 2007. Thousands participated in a special prayer service on Wednesday.
About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.
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