The ICC Jerusalem stepped up into a new role earlier this month when the US Embassy in Israel marked US Independence Day on 4 July with a festive event.
Previously the event, attended by Israel’s President, Prime Minister, US Ambassador to Israel, senior politicians and business people, was traditionally held at the US Ambassador’s residence.
This year, the event production transformed the Teddy Kollek Hall of ICC Jerusalem into a red carpet ballroom. The US had moved its embassy to Jerusalem in 2018 in a controversial political move.
As well as a red carpet, the ICC Jerusalem halls were decorated with the flags of US states, historical photos and stalls offering the American food, including a McDonald’s booth.
“The 4 July celebration has been a challenging professional accomplishment for us, which makes us even more proud of the opportunity to make history with such an exceptional event,” said Mira Altman, Director General of ICC Jerusalem.
“The thousands of visitors had a very special time in a high-profile, meticulously planned event. I believe that holding international events in the capital of Israel is very meaningful. We are delighted to have been the venue of choice based on our many-year tradition of State level functions, hosting leaders from all parts of the world and entertaining mega events with national and business significance.”
Photo: L-R: Sara Netanyahu, Prime Minister Mr Benjamin Netanyahu, Mira Altman – CEO of ICC Jerusalem, US ambassador to Israel David Friedman and his wife Tammy Friedman.
Also in the photo taken by Michal Fattal is the statue of the ‘Burning Guardians’ symbolising the historical connection between the United States and Israel. The sculpture was made by the artist Yorron Hackmon in co-operation between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the US ambassador to Israel David Friedman, showing their palms as they spread out to each other as they create an inner, protected space.