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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 May, 2003, 16:35 GMT 17:35 UK
In pictures: Israel celebrates
Jerusalem fireworks
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Fireworks lit up the sky over Jerusalem after celebrations began on Tuesday evening to mark Israel's 55 years as a state.
Barr Simon, 6, blows bubbles at an Israeli picnic in Jerusalem
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Israelis have been in party mood for Independence Day, picnicking in public parks.
Man kisses grave of Israeli soldiers killed in 1948 war
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Israelis have been mourning those lost in war since the creation of the state...
Picnic in Jabel Mukaber Park, Jerusalem
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...while today's soldiers have been getting time off to be with friends and relations in the sun.
Children play with arms in West Bank settlement of Kyriat Arba
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A military theme has been running through the festivities with army units staging an open day for kids.
Hamas supporters bury Amin Menzalawi, killed in blast on 7 May
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The conflict with the Palestinians continued during the holiday with more deaths in the territories.

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