Almost half of Israelis support making Victory Day a national holiday

Almost of half of Israelis polled have expressed support for making, May 9, Victory Day, the Soviet commemoration marking the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II, an Israeli holiday.

Given the high number of Israelis of Russian and Ukrainian origin, the holiday is widely celebrated in Israel on an unofficial level though many Israelis are unaware “that the Jewish warriors’ contributions to the war efforts were a big part of the victory against Nazi Germany. There is a need for a call of action in order that this legacy will not be forgotten,” Victory Day Headquarters, an advocacy group founded by Russian businessman German Zakharyayev, said in a statement.

According to Yad Vashem, some 1.5 million Jews served in the various allied armies during the war.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Almost-half-of-Israelis-support-making-Victory-Day-a-national-holiday-402057

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