Every year, on Remembrance Day, Israel commemorates the fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism who have served their country . But you probably have asked yourself, what about the victims on the other side? After all, there are victims of terrorism, both Israeli and Palestinian. Both sides have suffered from the same terrible situation. This beautiful group of people decided that if we have the same problem let’s mention this day together – we are not that different after all.
This initiative is becoming more and more popular – a joint ceremony to remember the victims of terrorism on both sides of the conflict. Boma Inbar, a bereaved father of Yotam, who was killed in Lebanon in 1995, started this initiative four years ago and the organization ‘Combatants for Peace’ took it under their wings since then.
In 2015, about 3000 people participated in the ceremony. Artists and representatives of bereaved families, both Israeli and Palestinian, took part and told their stories. If you are wondering where they get the funding to support these activities, they raise money using crowdfunding campaigns.
Maya Katz activist and a Member of the Board of Combatants for Peace says, “We don’t remember Shahids or Israel or Palestinians attackers, our intention is not to perpetuate those people or their message. Our intention is to say that both sides have suffered and paid the ultimate price. If people participate in this ceremony they are saying the price is too high, we have to choose non-violence – that is the important message. All participants are saying they don’t just want to remember the fallen beloved ones but they feel obligated to say – now it’s time to create a new generation.”