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Wednesday, July 12, 2000 Published at 16:51 GMT

Israel celebrates half-century
Israel's defence forces staged a fly-past of fighter planes and a naval display as celebrations reached their climax marking the state's 50th anniversary. (REAL VIDEO)
The people with nothing to celebrate
As Israelis celebrate 50 years of independence, Palestinians remember the creation of the Jewish state as 'al naqba' - the catastrophe.
Moments of joy and reflection
As Israel celebrates, BBC News Online brings together some of the key moments in real video and real audio.
Israel remembers
On the eve of the 50th anniversary of its founding, Israel marks Remembrance Day with a sunset ceremony to honour its dead at the Western Wailing Wall.
Israel at 50: a fraught triumph
On May 14, 1948 the British mandate in Palestine came to an end. The BBC's Middle East analyst, Roger Hardy, looks at the outcome of what a historian once described as 'a Jewish triumph, an Arab tragedy and a British failure'.
Zionism - 50 years after Israeli independence
What has become of Theodore Herzls Zionist dream? 50 years after Israeli independence, Jonathan Marcus looks at the fate of the founding ideology of the Jewish state, and what it means today.
Secularism vs Orthodox Judaism
Israel is a fractured society - split along ethnic and religious fault lines, as religious and secular Jews battle for Israel's soul.
The Jewish Diaspora and Israel
Zionists believe that all Jews should live in Israel. But even today, more Jews are living in the Diaspora than in Israel, and the relationship between Jews in the Promised Land and elsewhere in the world are sometimes strained.
Israel sharpens its military strategy
Israeli society is changing dramatically, as is the nature of military threats that its defence planners must confront. The BBC Defence Correspondent, Jonathan Marcus, reports.