27.4.2020 | 20:30
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, 2018
Memorial Day Ceremony, 2017
Memorial Day Ceremony, 2016
Memorial Day Ceremony, 2015