Wednesday, May 07, 2003
Yom Ha'atzmaut

Israelis, in sharp contrast to their bitter enemies, demonstrate time and time again their love of life, and their will to live on.

Israel Marks Birthday Amid More Violence

Fireworks lit the Jerusalem sky and revelers defiantly rededicated a Tel Aviv bar blown up days before in a suicide bombing as Israelis marked their country's 55th birthday, then headed to the countryside for family outings.

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In Tel Aviv, a crowd of partygoers gathered outside Mike's Place, a bar wrecked by a suicide bombing just a week ago, killing a waitress and two musicians. Owners of the bar, which caters to foreigners and immigrants from Western countries and is just a few yards from the heavily guarded U.S. Embassy, carried out their pledge to reopen the watering hole by Independence Day.

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