Jewish Journal

Israelis and Palestinians Commemorating Remembrance Day Together

by Jeremy Elster

April 13, 2014 | 1:13 pm

For the past 8 years, an Israeli-Palestinian NGO called Combatants for Peace has held an alternative Remembrance Day/Yom HaZikaron Ceremony in Tel Aviv. The mission of the alternative commemoration is to recognize bereaved Israeli and Palestinian families who have suffered from bloodshed at the hands of the conflict. With this year's Yom HaZikaron drawing near, Israel Social TV has published an English subtitled version of the 2013 ceremony to start a reflection period about the human victims of violence in Israel/Palestine. 

Combatants for Peace has this to say about the event:

On Memorial Day, when private pain coalesces with national mourning, we gather together, Israelis and Palestinians, to remember the victims of violence on both sides and recall that such violence need not be our destiny. It is our task to put an end to it and prevent it taking further victims. At the ceremony, members of bereaved families, Israelis and Palestinians – together with intellectuals and artists – will call on both sides to acknowledge the pain and the hope of those living on the other side of the fence. This is the ninth consecutive year that Combatants for Peace is holding such a ceremony.

-Combatants for Peace Website

Click below for the video of the 2013 Israeli-Palestinian Remembrance Day Ceremony...


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Jeremy Elster is a Southern Californian native and New Israel Fund/SHATIL Social Justice Fellow working as the International Communications Coordinator for Israel Social TV...

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