Nimrod

written by Iris Segev, Nimrod’s mother

My Dear Nimrodi,

I’m on one of my visits to the military cemetery, to your grave, just a few days before Memorial Day.  I was wondering what the date is today.  I realize that as of August 9, 2006, every day is August 9. Every day is the day you are missing and every day has the same meaning: you are gone.

They say bereaved parents don’t need remembrance days and I think, of course that’s true.

Yes. All the people need the reminder of  Memorial Day except the bereaved families. For me the only date that is meaningful is August 9, 2006. Then, fourteen years ago, the destruction occurred. And after that, every single day – it’s all ongoing destruction.

However, there is one more remembrance day that has meaning: The Israeli Palestinian Memorial Day. Only from this sharing together, and from the respect that we – the Israelis and the Palestinians – have for one another’s dead – can come an end to the never-ending bloody struggle in which you and so many others have been killed.

This Memorial Day is organized every year (also) by the Parents Circle-Families Forum to which  I belong . The only substantial thing that I did after you were gone, was joining this Forum for reconciliation and peace. Supporting such an event, such an operation, is my way, my child, to express my support for peace and reconciliation, and my disgust with the death of more boys, like you, who sacrifice their lives for nothing. It has to stop. I will not stop taking part in these peace events that will bring an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

I love you to death, literally, Nimrodi.

Mom

My Dear Nimrodi,

I’m on one of my visits to the military cemetery, to your grave, just a few days before Memorial Day.  I was wondering what the date is today.  I realize that as of August 9, 2006, every day is August 9. Every day is the day you are missing and every day has the same meaning: you are gone.

They say bereaved parents don’t need remembrance days and I think, of course that’s true.

Yes. All the people need the reminder of  Memorial Day except the bereaved families. For me the only date that is meaningful is August 9, 2006. Then, fourteen years ago, the destruction occurred. And after that, every single day – it’s all ongoing destruction.

However, there is one more remembrance day that has meaning: The Israeli Palestinian Memorial Day. Only from this sharing together, and from the respect that we – the Israelis and the Palestinians – have for one another’s dead – can come an end to the never-ending bloody struggle in which you and so many others have been killed.

This Memorial Day is organized every year (also) by the Parents Circle-Families Forum to which  I belong . The only substantial thing that I did after you were gone, was joining this Forum for reconciliation and peace. Supporting such an event, such an operation, is my way, my child, to express my support for peace and reconciliation, and my disgust with the death of more boys, like you, who sacrifice their lives for nothing. It has to stop. I will not stop taking part in these peace events that will bring an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

I love you to death, literally, Nimrodi.

Mom