Israel’s 60th Birthday

Florida Students hold “Blue and White on the Green” by Dave

A student group in Florida is celebrating Israel’s 60th Birthday in order to remind people that Israel “is a country like every other country.” The only problem is that Israel is NOT a country like any other. Its a colonial project where the Europian settlers ethnically cleansed the natives 60 years ago – which this group are now celebrating. Its also a racist country concerned with its “demographic problem” that it should have a majority Jewish population to remain a “Jewish State.” Not to mention the continued occupation, murder and dispossession of the natives population.

A Jewish student organization on Florida State’s campus plans to celebrate Israel’s 60th birthday with free hookah, Israeli food and an attempt to break the world record for biggest dance circle.

Hillel’s celebration, “Blue and White on the Green,” will go for 18 hours, starting at 8 p.m. Saturday and ending at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Events include musical and dance performances on FSU’s Union Green, a showing of the movie “West Bank Story” and a bonfire for roasting hot dogs and marshmallows.

Melanie Annis, Hillel’s director, said the purpose of the event is to get people to recognize that Israel is more than what’s portrayed in the media.

“What we’re encouraging people to do is be aware that this is a country like every other country,” she said. “It has beautiful snow-covered mountains, wonderful beaches and it’s a great resource for technology.”

The Florida House of Representatives passed a resolution Thursday recognizing the 60th anniversary of Israel’s founding as a modern state, as well as Israel’s long-standing friendly relationship with the United States.


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