2016 Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony

On May 10th, the Parents Circle-Families Forum and our friends at Combatants For Peace held the 11th Annual Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony.

The ceremony comes to remind us that war is not an act of fate but one of human choice. On this particularly difficult day we called upon both sides to acknowledge the pain and the aspirations of those living on the other side and for each of us to strive to prevent the next war. At the ceremony, Israeli and Palestinian bereaved families spoke about their personal pain.

The evening also featured performances by notable artists including Ohad Naharin, the artistic director and choreographer of the Batsheva Dance Company; Sha’anan Streett, the lead vocalist of Hadag Nahash; and the Arab-Jewish women’s choir Rana. Members of Knesset Zehava Gal- On and Esawi Frej of Meretz were also in attendance.

2016 Memorial Day Ceremony

“We shall not take revenge; we will fight for a noble cause. We will fight for life and not for death.” –Arab Aramin, bereaved brother of Abir Aramin

This year, over 3,000 people filled the Shlomo Group Arena in Tel Aviv, and every year, more and more Israelis and Palestinians attend the ceremony. Satellite events took place in Boston, NY and Berlin. It is not too late to support the growing costs of the ceremony. Please visit and share our Indiegogo Generosity campaign.  Watch a recording of the 2016 Memorial Day Ceremony, with English Subtitles.