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No fireworks for Israeli Independence Day over PTSD


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2022 May 02, 13:24, Tel Aviv
Israelis watch a fireworks display during the celebrations for Israel's 70th Independence Day, at Rabin square in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Although fireworks are a typical mainstay at Independence Day parties across the country, 2022's noisy celebrations have been cancelled over concerns by some military veterans who say the cracking and banging dredges up the horrors of battle. (AP Photo)

Israel’s raucous Independence Day celebrations will be a little quieter this year.

Although fireworks are typically a mainstay at parties across the country, this year many of the glittering yet noisy displays have been cancelled over concerns by some military veterans who say the cracking and banging dredges up the horrors of battle, especially for those with post-traumatic stress disorder.

“The barrage of fireworks is the same as a burst of gunfire for us,” Ehud Amiton, a former soldier with PTSD who has worked to cancel the firework displays, told Israeli Army Radio Monday. “We don’t oppose the celebrations, we oppose the noise.”

Israel marks 74 years since its creation on Thursday, and festivities begin the night before.

The country’s main ceremony in Jerusalem, which usually boasts a grandiose fireworks finale will instead hold a silent pyrotechnic show. The seaside metropolis of Tel Aviv, where residents climb to rooftops to watch the glittering display, has also scrapped fireworks this year.


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