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Hatikvah – But is it hope for all? On this week’s History of Israel Explained, we’re looking at one of the most Israeli things out there – HaTikvah, or The Hope – Israel’s stirring, meaningful and, some might say, controversial national anthem. Unlike other anthems that speak of triumph and victory, the Israeli anthem is a mash up between a Romanian folk-melody, a 16th-century Italian song, and the lyrical thoughts of a drunk romantic poet. Not exactly the stuff of nationalistic dreams, but like the State of Israel itself, Hatikvah is both a symbol of Jewish hope and identity and the anthem for a multicultural and multi-ethnic state dedicated to equality. Whew, that’s a lot of pressure for a two-verse song. So what exactly is so controversial about this hopeful song and why do some Israelis refuse to stand up when it’s played (which can be a controversy all of its own)? Let us know what you think about Hatikvah, the role of anthems in general or any of the other topics we’ve discussed on History of Israel Explained. Drop your thoughts on this video in the comments below and remember to subscribe to our channel to make sure you don’t miss out on any upcoming videos. Have an opinion about the topics you’d like to see us cover? Let us know below. Subscribe and check out more awesome UNPACKED videos! GET SOCIAL @ UNPACKED

———— Photo/Video Credit: – Courtesy of Yad Vashem – Courtesy of USHMM – GPO Israel/MARK NEYMAN – GPO Israel/Moshe Milner – Gil Kremer, IDF Spokesperson’s Unit – திருச்சேறை ஜெயவீரன் – Courtesy of Beit Hatfusot – Courtesy of the Central Zionist Archive THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS: Executive Producers: – Shevi Peters – Adam Milstein Platinum Level: – Rachel & Jack ז”ל Gindi Family Foundation Gold Level: – Lily and Kam Babaoff This series would not be possible without the generous support of: – The Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation ———– #Israel #Zionism #Hope History of Israel’s National Anthem: is it Hope for All?