2023 Joint Nakba and Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremonies
Nonviolence International is pleased to announce we will be co-sponsoring the American Friends of Combatants for Peace's 2023 Joint Nakba Day Ceremony and Israeli-Palestinian Joint Memorial Day Ceremony.
This event is more important now than ever before. Join the largest Israeli-Palestinian peace event in history. On April 24, 2023, we will gather to call for peace, freedom, and human rights for all. The Joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony is hosted by Combatants for Peace and The Parents Circle–Families Forum.
Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, is a solemn day on which Israelis remember those they have lost in the years of war and conflict. Traditionally, the Palestinian narrative is erased. The Joint Memorial Day Ceremony is different. It provides a unique opportunity for Israelis and Palestinians to grieve and heal together. In mourning side by side, we seek not to equate narratives but to transform despair into hope and build bridges of deep compassion that can change reality. By unifying our pain and longing for peace, we demonstrate to the world our power to co-create a safe and free future.
Please see below a message from NVI founder Mubarak Awad
Thank you for your interest in the Combatants for Peace memorial event. This page lists several things you can do to help build a better future.
First, I want to ask you to feel free to be in touch with me with your ideas and suggested action steps. None of us have all the answers, but together our collective wisdom is strong. Please contact me here.
There are two books that can help guide us forward. Jonathan Kuttab wrote Beyond the Two-State Solution to spark a new conversation about the future of both our people and the region as a whole. I ask that you read this book, share it with others, and invite Jonathan to speak with groups you think would be interested in helping us break out of the unsustainable status-quo. Get your free copy here.
Creative nonviolence is always evolving and growing. So we are launching Michael Beer’s book along with an interactive database of nonviolent tactics. This database celebrates our collective wisdom and our capacity to come together - in the face of massive challenges - and find powerful nonviolent ways to protest and to help build the new emerging world.
We know that effective nonviolence doesn’t just happen, but is enhanced by both knowledge of tactics and training. Please see our nonviolence training archive developed in partnership with Rutgers University International Institute for Peace
We hope you will be inspired by these books and our online tools. Please use these tools to come up with creative, constructive nonviolent actions and let us know what you are doing so we can spread the inspiration to others.
If you believe, as I do, that the world needs to learn about the power of nonviolence, please consider helping us build the organization I founded and have given much of my life to - Nonviolence International. If you can make a gift to support this work, please do so here.
16th Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony (2021)
Below, please see the full ceremony. Mubarak is introduced at 56:50.
See also the video below featuring Sami Awad.