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Mamoud Al-Fiyat , a member of the Tel-Aviv-Tulkarem group, was granted a permit to attend the Israeli-Palestinian ceremony for the first time in 8 years. He shared his thoughts and emotions with us in the aftermath of the ceremony:
The joint commemoration ceremony was held in Tel Aviv on Sunday. I was filled with pride to be part of the Combatants for Peace movement. It was like a huge festival for us in every sense of the word: the production as well as the event entitled â€śno more bloodshed and killingâ€ť.
We can change our reality and transform the language of killing to one of dialog and peace. After watching and listening to everyone at the ceremony - speeches, facts and action â€“ being a Palestinian I can see the hand reaching out for peace on the other side.
Yes, a thousand â€śyesesâ€ť for peace.
Yes, we are a peace-loving people as long as it is just and equal.
We hear about this day every year from our Israelis partners, but this is the first time I have been allowed - â€śmy own flesh and bloodâ€ť - together with fellow Palestinians, to attend. It is with great happiness that I have been able to enter Israel to participate in such an event.
I was so happy to see the audience and when I saw the Israelis I did not know I realized how much support there is for our cause and for the end of the occupation.
These words strengthened in me the spirit of a joint popular struggle to end the most protracted occupation in the world.
Member of Tel-Aviv-Tul Karem group
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