October 31, 2017 marks 100 years since the liberation of Be'er-Sheva by British and ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) forces from the Ottoman Empire in World War I. Following the victory in Be'er‑Sheva, the Balfour Declaration was declared in recognition of the Land of Israel as a national home for the Jewish people. This historic event will be noted in ceremonies and events in Be'er‑Sheva and various places throughout Israel.

The celebration of the 100th anniversary of the liberation of Be'er-Sheva will take place at the initiative of the Be'er-Sheva Municipality, in cooperation with the Prime Minister's Office, the Ministry of Culture and Sport, JNF Australia, and Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael.

As part of these celebrations, the Be'er-Sheva Municipality will hold a number of events throughout the city. There will be 10 complexes and events to celebrate the occasion. A day before the events of October 31, the opening event of an Australian art exhibition will be held in the Negev Museum of Art. In addition, the opera "Nabucco" by Verdi will be performed for the first time at the Be'er-Sheva River Park Amphitheater, in the presence of delegations from Australia and New Zealand. On the day of the festivities, a record number of international state events are planned in the city, the highlight of which is the memorial ceremony at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, in the presence of three Prime Ministers and the Mayor of Be'er-Sheva. There will also be a ceremony to open the Be'er‑Sheva ANZAC Memorial Centre; a magnificent 100-horse parade along HaAtsma'ut Street in the Old City; a memorial ceremony for the fallen New Zealand soldiers at Tel Be'er-Sheva; a ceremony in memory of the Turkish soldier; a tour and reception for the honored guests at the Carasso Science Park, and more.

A project initiated by the Mayor of Be'er-Sheva, Mr. Ruvik Danilovich, the new Be'er‑Sheva ANZAC Memorial Centre will be inaugurated by the three senior government officials from Australia, New Zealand, and Israel.

The ANZAC was a military force of Australian and New Zealand soldiers who fought in the First World War in the Middle East, including the liberation of Be'er-Sheva from Turkish rule. The memory of the ANZAC can be seen throughout the city, and at the great cemetery in which its heroes were laid to rest. The cemetery is a memorial site to all Australians, New Zealanders and tourists from the British Kingdom who come to Israel.

In accordance with the instructions of the Israel Police and the Security Department, and in light of the heightened security arrangements, changes in traffic are expected as of October 29th.

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