2.06KPeople gather in Tel Aviv’s Herzliya Square for a commemoration ceremony commemorating the centenary of the Nakba.
The event, attended by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was organized by the Herzliyya Square Preservation Society.
At the event, the ceremony took place in the presence of the Jewish people and its members, who wore a black T-shirt emblazoned with the words: “You are not alone, you are a people.
And the only one who can save you is you.”
The event is being held as part of the “Holocaust Remembrance Day” commemorative initiative by the group.
This year’s theme is the Nakbba and the Nakadah, the events that took place on October 14, 1948.
The event also featured a special reception for a young survivor of the Holocaust, whose story was the subject of the documentary “The Forgotten Holocaust” by British filmmaker Ben Kingsley.
According to the Society, there are more than 30,000 people participating in the ceremony.
Among them are a group of survivors of the Nazi extermination camps in Poland, the Ukrainian-born Jewish filmmaker, Shlomo Kogal, who was a student of the time, and former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres.
Other survivors, including Holocaust survivor and writer Yossi Harel, are present, as are representatives of the Zionist Union of Europe and the United States, who represent the Palestinian people.
Participants at the event include the Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Dov Lipman, who addressed the audience.
In his address, he referred to the fact that the Nakbeya was a “memorial day” and urged participants to remember and commemorate the victims of the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the genocide of the Palestinians by the Zionist movement.
He noted that the Jewish community is still “in hiding” and said, “We have to remember our history.
We must remember how the Nakada took place and what happened to our people.”
The main speaker, Rabbi Abraham Litan, called for a national and international effort to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which has led to more than 60,000 Palestinians and nearly 60,00 Israelis being killed.
“We are not the victims here,” he said.
“We are the heroes.”
Litan added that a state of emergency was needed, adding, “It is not right to put up with a state, a government, a military presence in our city.”
In his address to the event organizers, Peres said that “Israel is in a difficult situation” because of the growing popularity of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.
“The Israeli people demand a real, comprehensive peace deal and a fair deal for their people,” he added.
“Israel has to change and transform its relationship with the Palestinians.
This is a fight that will be fought in the courts and on the streets.”
Peres, whose term is set to expire in 2018, is widely expected to seek re-election in 2019.
In a statement, the Herzlisya Square Society said that the commemoration of the centennial of the Israel-Palestine conflict is an important part of its mission to preserve and protect the memory of the victims.
The society’s executive director, Yehuda Schlosberg, said the society had a long history of working with the Jewish communities of Israel and around the world to preserve the memory and history of the Shoah.
“The fact that there is a public commemoration, a day of reflection, in a place of honor, is a tribute to the Jewish identity of the country and of the world,” he told The Jerusalem Report.
“It’s the first time that we’ve ever had this.”