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Memorial Day Law for the Fallen of Israel's Wars* [Ammendment 2]

(Unofficial Translation)

The Fourth of Iyar - Memorial Day [Amendments 2 and 4]
1.
(a) The fourth of Iyar will be the Memorial Day for soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces who made the ultimate sacrifice in order to assure the existence of the State of Israel, as well as those who fell in the campaigns to create the State of Israel, to memorialize them and pay tribute to their courage.
(b) If the fourth of Iyar falls on a Friday Memorial day will be commemorated on the second of Iyar of that year; if it falls on a Thursday Memorial Day will be commemorated on the third of Iyar of that year; if it falls on Sunday, Memorial Day will be commemorated on the fifth of Iyar of that year.

The beginning of Memorial Day
2.
Memorial Day begins from dusk on the third of Iyar or fourth or second, as required, and ends upon the appearance of the stars on the following day.

Rules of observance of Memorial Day
3.
On Memorial Day two minutes of silence will be observed throughout the entire country, during which all work and travel will cease; flags will be lowered to half-mast in all public buildings; commemorations and public gatherings will take place; ceremonies will take place in army bases and in educational institutions; broadcasts will convey the uniqueness of the day.

Prohibition of public amusements [Amendments 1 and 2]
4.
(a) On Memorial Day, public amusements will be prohibited.
(b) Cafes will be closed from Memorial Day eve from the beginning of Memorial Day until dawn the following day.
(c) Those who violate the instructions in small paragraphs (a) or (b) will be subject to a fine.
(d) In regards to this paragraph "public amusement" will be construed as defined by the Business Registration Law of 1968[1].

Absence of relative from work [Amendment 3]
4A. (a) A relative of a fallen soldier is allowed to be absent from work on Memorial Day but will be treated as if he has worked on that day;
(b) In this regard a relative will be: parents, grandparents, spouse, children, brothers and sisters.

Orders for carrying out Memorial Day
5.
The Defense Minister, in consultation with the Public Advisement Board, appointed to discharge the "Military Cemetery Law" 1950 [2] is at liberty to issue orders pertaining to the commemoration of Memorial Day according to that law.


[*] Passed by the Knesset on March 28, 1963; the Bill and explanatory notes were published in “Ha-tza’ot Chok” 558, 1963, page 256. The law was published in Sefer Ha-Chukkim 1963, page 72.
[1] Sefer Ha-Chukkim 1968, page 204.
[2]Sefer Ha-Chukkim 55, 1950, page 258.
[Amendment 1] was passed by the Knesset on April 4, 1978; the Bill and explanatory notes were published in “Ha-tza’ot Chok” 1334, 1978, page 148.
[Amendment 2] was passed by the Knesset on October 27, 1980; the Bill and explanatory notes were published in “Ha-tza’ot Chok” 1461, 1980, pg 271.
Amendment 2 changed the name of the law from "Memorial Day Law for Those Fallen in the War of Independence and the Israel Defense Forces" to its current name.
[Amendment 3] was passed in the Knesset on January 4, 1994; the Bill and explanatory notes were published in “Ha-tza’ot Chok” 2226 on December 6, 1993, page 125.
[Amendment 4] was was passed in the Knesset on March 3, 2004; the Bill and explanatory notes were published in “Ha-tza’ot Chok HaMemshala” 88 on February 11, 2004, page 360.



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