One of Israel’s leading peace activist NGOs, Combatants for Peace, holds a joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony every year. This year’s event will happen on April 14th in Tel Aviv. Below is a flyer for the event.
It is important because it presents an alternative to the what Salo Baron termed the “lachrymose” narrative of Jewish history. Israel’s Yom HaZikaron is conventionally viewed as a joint memorial to the victims of Israel’s wars and the Holocaust. As such, it presents Israeli history as one of victimization and suffering. There is no sense of any other permissible narrative, such as one that might accommodate the presence and suffering of Palestinians.
Aviva Shemesh, the group’s spokesperson wrote this by way of explanation of the purpose of the event:
This event is important in terms of influencing the mainstream perception about commemorating death and revering it, which is what the institutional commemoration ceremonies do. In contrast, we are trying to say that a different reality is possible, that the blood on this side of the border is not more valuable that that of Palestinians and that we need to look forward and praise life rather than praising death.
For this reason, this event is extremely controversial in Israeli nationalist circles. All the more reason to support its existence. Due to an ambitious expansion in plans for this year’s program, Combatants for Peace needs funding to pay for expenses. Please give a tax-deductible gift through Razoo.