Projects Memorial Day Ceremony

    Memorial Day Ceremony

    The Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day ceremony, which has been held on the eve of Memorial Day for the past ten consecutive years, comes to remind us that war is not an act of fate but one of human choice.
    This ceremony is the largest annual event held by the Combatants for Peace movement. On this particularly difficult day we call upon both sides to acknowledge the pain and the aspirations of those living on the other side of the fence and for each of us to strive to prevent the next war. Perhaps during next year’s Memorial Day, additional losses will not have to be reckoned with. At the ceremony, Israeli and Palestinian bereaved families speak about their personal pain.
    The ceremony was held, during the first few years in the Tmuna Theater. It was initiated by Buma Inbar whose son Yotam fell in Lebanon in 1995. Since the initial event in 2006, the number of participants has increased every year. Last year about 2,500 people attended the event which was held in the Tel Aviv Exhibition Grounds. Over the years the ceremony has been attended by intellectuals and artists including Yoni Rechter, Prof. Yehuda (Judd) Ne’eman (recipient of the Israel Prize), Alon Oleartchik, Achinoam Nini, Noam Rotem, Mira Awad, Prof. Eva Illouz and others. Year after year the event attracts increasing media attention in spite of the fact that we have had to deal with protests and attempts by right-wing politicians and groups to disrupt the occasion.