The Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Ceremony, co-hosted by Combatants for Peace and the Parents Circle – Families Forum, is a unique opportunity for Israelis and Palestinians to both grieve together and stand strong in demanding an end to the cycle of violence. The event provides an alternative to the official commemoration services held during the Israeli Memorial Day which justify the political status quo, and assert militarized nationalism and a narrow one-sided narrative. Our joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Ceremony on the contrary honors the lives lost in the conflict on both sides, and builds a new narrative: rejecting violence, the occupation, and embracing another way. Year after year, the growing popular success of the event models for more Israeli, Palestinian and international audiences that non-violent, binational cooperation and humanization is feasible. We believe in peace and reconciliation.
Tuli Flint, a social worker who treats PTSD and CFP’s Israeli general coordinator; and Basaam Aramin, co-founder of CFP, will speak on the meaning of compassion in our lives, and in the work of bi-national organizations who take action to bring peace.
Language: Hebrew | Translation: To Arabic and English
Tal Sagi, who grew up in a settlement and served in the Israeli military in Hebron, will speak on her journey from there to her role today, coordinating all education activities in Breaking The Silence.
Language: Hebrew | Translation: To English
Bentzi Banderas served as a combatant in the Israeli military in the West Bank and fought in “Protective Edge”, will speak on his journey which led him to his role in Breaking The Silence as the coordinator for Diaspora Jewry.
Language: English | Translation: To Arabic
Scott Rasmussen, CEO of “Hands of Peace”, will talk with the organization’s alumni about the courage to talk and listen to the “other” and about the significance – and limitations – of dialogue.
Language: English | Translation: To Hebrew
Talia Balaban from Tel Aviv and Sima Awad from Beit Omer, both 18 year old, grew up in bereaved families. We’ll hear from them how they got to PCFF’s summer camp and how it affected them. Teenagers are especially welcome.
Language: Hebrew and Arabic | Translation: To Hebrew and Arabic
Laila Alsheikh, who lost her baby son, and Tal Kfir Schurr, who lost her sister, tell their personal story and talk about their journey to the PCFF.
Language: English | Translation: To Hebrew
Eytan Amir, who lost his brother, and Ashraf Abu Ayash, who lost his father and grandfather, tell their personal stories, and speak about their journeys who led them to PCFF.
Language: Hebrew | Translation: To Arabic
Yakub Rabi, who lost his wife, and Kamaal Zidane, who lost two sons, tell their personal stories and speak about their journeys that led them to PCFF.
Language: Arabic | Translation: To Hebrew
The history of the joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Ceremony:
In 2006, Buma Inbar, a bereaved father who lost his son Yotam in Lebanon, came to CFP with a vision: a joint Memorial Ceremony for Israelis and Palestinians. For Buma, this was the right way to remember, and to remind others, that war only brings more war, destruction and pain. He realized that we need to make every effort to put an end to the cycle of violence, so that no family will ever again have to go through the pain of losing a loved one, as he did.
Since Buma’s vision came to life, CFP has held the Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Ceremony annually, and every year we are joined by more and more people who understand that the ongoing violence can and must be stopped. In 2019, 9,000 people attended the Ceremony in Ha’Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv, and in 2020 the Ceremony was live-streamed online and reached around 200,000 people all over the world – making it the largest peace event in the world.
Every year Palestinians and Israelis who took part in violence in the past and chose to put down the weapons and fight non-violently for peace, join together. Each and every year we unite on Memorial Day in order to remember. We remember all the victims of this ongoing conflict, on both sides. We remember that we all feel sadness and pain and longing, both Israelis and Palestinians, and we remember that we are all victims of this conflict, but we are also the ones creating it – so it is our responsibility to end it.
Memorial Day Ceremony, 2021
Memorial Day Ceremony, 2020
Memorial Day Ceremony, 2018
Memorial Day Ceremony, 2017
Memorial Day Ceremony, 2016
Memorial Day Ceremony, 2015