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In pictures: Israel at 60

Thousands of Jewish youths celebrate Israel's 60th anniversary in Jerusalem, Thursday, May 8, 2008.

Israel has been celebrating its 60th anniversary with fireworks, light shows and parties.

Israelis gather on the beach in Tel Aviv as they watch Israeli jets "Fuga Magister" performing during a military parade marking Israel's 60th anniversary on May 8, 2008

It has also been an excuse to demonstrate the country's military might, with air shows attracting big crowds.

Israeli forces perform a rescue mission during a demonstration to mark the 60th anniversary of Israel

Israeli forces demonstrated a rescue mission, and military bases opened their doors to the public to mark the anniversary.

Thousands of Jewish youths celebrate Israel's 60th anniversary in Jerusalem

Israelis young and old enjoyed got into the spirit of the occasion.

A paratrooper prepares to land on the beach during a aerial display to mark the 60th anniversary of Israel

Many Israelis had barbecues on the beach or picnics during the national holiday.

Israeli air force jets perform a display during a show to mark the 60th anniversary of Israel

The 60-year history of the state has been clouded by conflict, and condemnation of the occupation of Palestinian territories.

Palestinian man walks past a poster commemorating the Nakba

For Palestinians, the creation of Israel was "al-Nakba", or the Catastrophe, when hundreds of thousands were uprooted from their homes.

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