Starting this year, the committee will also be selecting a representative from the Jewish diaspora to symbolize the unity of the Jewish people as a whole and the fact that Israel is home to all of the world's Jews for the future Independence Day ceremonies (through a special joint subcommittee of the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs and the Ministry of Sport and Culture). The committee calls upon the public to propose a candidate from the Jewish diaspora who personifies the concern and work being done for the future of the Jewish People , who reinforces the link between the world Jewry and Israel, and relates to the selected theme.
Jerusalem, the capital city of the State of Israel and the seat of its governing institutions; the pulsing heart of the Jewish People, the focus of its people's yearnings, and a city holy to the three great Monotheistic Religions, where the past, present and future coexist side by side.
On its 69th Independence Day, the State of Israel will salute those who have made a unique contribution to the city of Jerusalem, past and present: to its reunification, to its security, to "weaving a common fabric" for cohabitation among its residents, to building and developing the city, to cultivating its unique culture, to bolstering the bond between the city and the Jewish diaspora and the public at large in Israel and worldwide.
The committee calls on the public to propose candidates who, through the strength of their character and their life's work, personify the selected theme.