At its core, Israel’s story is about a people overcoming brutal oppression and violence to achieve freedom in their ancestral home. It’s a story about justice, resilience, and hope.

 

Over 3,000 years ago, the Jewish people built a thriving civilization and culture in what is now Israel. They were conquered by a series of aggressive foreign empires, and while some Jews stayed in their cities and communities, most of them scattered across Europe and the Middle East.

Although they flourished at times, for 1,900 years Jews lived as an oppressed minority, suffering expulsions, massacres, and ultimately genocide.

They barely survived, but never lost hope. They overcame. They started a liberation movement, went back home to join those who were still there, and built Israel - one of the most vibrant nations in the world.

Israel declared independence 70 years ago, in 1948. When we celebrate 70 years of Israel, we celebrate hope..