Why do we Mourn Together?
Israel and Palestine both have national days of mourning, these are considered sacred days. Israelis mourn on Israeli Memorial Day (Yom Hazikaron) and Palestinians on Nakba Remembrance Day. Traditionally, both of these days reinforce cultural narratives of pain, loss and hopelessness. By bringing the “other side” to the Ceremony, Combatants for Peace transforms this despair into hope.
Our 16th annual Joint Memorial Ceremony, co-hosted by Parents Circle Families Forum and sponsored by over 60 organizations worldwide last year. It will be held again on April 13, 2021. Our second annual Joint Nakba Ceremony will be held on May 15, 2021.
War is Not an Act of Fate.
Occupation is a Human Choice – and we can choose another way!
What is the Impact?
These Ceremonies set the foundation for widespread cultural change. Joining together to mourn each other’s pain challenges the status quo, setting the foundation to build a new reality based on mutual respect, dignity and equality.
Together we have the capability to shift public opinion on a massive scale.
The Joint Memorial Ceremony is the largest Israeli-Palestinian jointly organized peace event that takes place (or has ever taken place) historically. Last year 200,000 people participated in the event and over a million people streamed it afterwards. It has become a focal point for the Peace Community. Nearly every peace-building NGO in the region participates in some way, whether through co-sponsorship or by sending their members to attend.
Likewise, the Joint Nakba Ceremony is the only Nakba commemoration in all of Palestine that includes Israelis as participants and speakers in the Ceremony. This has profound impact on the psyche of all people involved in or witnessing the event.
Nakba Remembrance 2021