The anniversary of the proclamation of the state of Israel by founding father David Ben-Gurion began at sundown on Wednesday under the Hebrew calendar, but falls on May 14 according to the Western calendar.
Under the slogan "Your Independence Day is the day of our Nakba", they gathered in the town of Atlit, about 12 kilometres (seven miles) south of Haifa.
The six-week demonstration, which started on 30 March for Land Day and is set to end on Nakba Day on 15 May, calls for the return of the small coastal territory's 1.3 million refugees to their original villages.
The United Nations supported that right in a 1948 resolution, but it has never been implemented.
Later in the morning, hundreds of thousands of Israelis went celebrating in the beaches and parks, lighting barbecues and waving flags.
"I am an Arab, and I want to preserve my culture and identity regardless of the name of the country", said 21-year-old Wassal Kanana.
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The war turned numerous Palestinians into refugees as they fled or were displaced from what is now Israel.
Israeli warplanes staged aerial displays over Haifa and other major cities.
Among those who were honored included were Israeli singer Shlomo Artzi; actors Leah Koenig and Ze'ev Revach; former Israel Defense Forces Gen. Yeshayahu Gavish; and Racheli Ganot, an ultra-Orthodox who trains haredi women for jobs. "They seek Israel's technology".
Israelis on Thursday celebrated the nation's 70th anniversary, with military honour guards and a reception at the presidential residence. Trump was in Florida playing hosting to the prime minister of Japan.
High ranking members of the Defense Ministry believe that the explosive was supposed to be detonated during an attack that was to be carried out during Independence Day celebrations somewhere in central Israel.
The celebrations kicked off on Wednesday evening, with a sharp transition from the solemn Memorial Day for the fallen soldiers and victims of terror attacks to the joyful celebrations of independence.
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One featured Israel's flag with a Nazi swastika beneath the words: "I hate Israel". The incident comes amid a rise in anti-semitic crimes across Germany.
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So in honor of what should be an exciting first round, here are five players that would be worth the Eagles trading up for. EST, but as is the case every year, dates of their games will be reported and leaked prior to the official announcement.