As has been the case for the past 11 years, on the eve of this year’s Memorial Day, April 30, Combatants for Peace and the Israeli-Palestinian Parents Circle – Families Forum, will conduct the Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony. The event will be held at the Shlomo Group Arena, Tel Aviv.
According to Mohamed Owedah and Udi Gur, General Coordinators of Combatants for Peace: “On this evening, we will all come together, Israelis and Palestinians, to remember the victims of violence on both sides and to remind everyone that war is not an act of fate. To our deep sorrow, the recent violent acts in our region have added many additional families to the abyss of bereavement and pain. This conflict was not predestined but part of a continuing vicious cycle of violence for which humans were both responsible and its victims. We will gather together on the eve of Memorial Day; we will not remain alone because, together as human beings, we have the power to end this terrible cycle of violence and prevent further victims.”
The number of people who come to the ceremony increases every year and last year, more than 3,000 people attended this unique event. “We are doing our best to allow anyone who wishes to attend to join us on this evening, but this requires substantial resources. We have launched a fundraising campaign aimed at making this important ceremony viable,” Owedah and Gur said.