April 30, 2009
Posted: 923 GMT
GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images. Jewish youths from communities across the world wave the Israeli national flag at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, marking Israel's 61st Independence Day on April 29, 2009. Israel today threw a huge birthday bash to celebrate 61 tumultuous years during which the Jewish state made great strides forward but failed to achieve peace with its neighbours.
GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) stands near his wife Sara (L) and President Shimon Peres (R) as they look up at Israeli Air Force fighter jets during a ceremony for outstanding soldiers, part of Independence Day celebrations, on April 29, 2009 in Jerusalem. Israelis marked Independence Day, celebrating the 61st year since the founding of the Jewish State in 1948.
AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images. An Arab-Israeli woman waves a Palestinian flag during a demonstrationg on April 29, 2009 to demand the right of return to the lands from which Palestinians were chased in 1948 on the site of al-Kafrayn, an Arab village among the more than 500 that were razed by Israeli forces at the time of the creation of the Jewish state. As Israel celebrated its 61st anniversary, the demonstrators marched through a small pine forest and the ruins of the village that was torn to the ground on April 19, 1948. Israel has 1.2 million Arab citizens, the descendants of the 160,000 who remained after the creation of the Jewish state while tens of thousands of others fled into exile.
AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images. Arab-Israeli youths, one of them waving a national Palestinian flag, ride horses during a demonstration on April 29, 2009 to demand the right of return to the lands from which they were chased in 1948 on the site of al-Kafrayn, an Arab village among the more than 500 that were razed by Israeli forces at the time of the creation of the Jewish state in 1948.
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