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As we do every year, on the evening Memorial Day, Combatants for Peace Movement in coalition with Parents Circle - Families Forum, will conduct the 11th Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony. The event will be held on April 30th 2017 at Shlomo Group Arena, Tel Aviv (Drive In Arena, near the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds.) at 9:00pm. The ceremony will be screened in Beith Jala for Palestinian audience that won't be able to arrive to the main event, and in communities around the world. Follow the event on facebook

The Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day ceremony, which has been held on the eve of Memorial Day for the last eleven 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 reckoned with. At the ceremony, Israeli and Palestinian bereaved families speak about their personal pain.

The ceremony was held, during the few first times 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 at 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 to disrupt the occasion.

The ceremony is funded solely by donation. To doante click here

This year the ceremony will be broadcast live in a series of events in communities around the world:

New York City, NY
14th St. Y

344 E. 14th St., New York, NY 10003
April 30th at 6:30 PM EDT

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Washington, D.C.
DC Jewish Community Center

1529 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036
April 30th at 6:00 PM EDT

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Oakland, CA
First Congregational Church of Oakland (United Church of Christ)

2501 Harrison St., Oakland, CA 94612
April 30th at 6:00 PM PDT

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Fort Collins, CO
Harmony Library

4616 S. Shields St., Fort Collins, CO 80526
April 30th at 12:15 PM MT

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Medford, MA (Tufts University)
Venue: TBD

April 30th at TBD

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This Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day ceremony demonstrates the reality of empathy and mutual respect among peoples.

The ceremony demonstrates, however briefly, the possibility of peace, not based on disregard for or indifference to the pain, but rather with a direct reference to the loss and bereavement on both sides.

This statement, delivered by Prof. Eva Illouz at the 2013 ceremony, is not radical. It is so basically human that we cannot allow anyone to thrust it to the sidelines.

This is the basis of the importance placed upon the event, together with the efforts made to expand it and, more and more, bring it to the center of our national consciousness.
"From the place where we are right, flowers will never grow in the spring"
Yehuda Amichai
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Donations to support this event can be made here.

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