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Almagor holding alternative to Lapid-hosted event

April 22, 2012 17:35

Lapid using terror victims, those killed in battle for his own political gain, should't be allowed to host ceremony, group says.

Yair Lapid

Yair Lapid 370. (photo credit:Marc Israel Sellem)

The Almagor Terror Victims Association plans to hold an alternative Remembrance Day ceremony on Tuesday night in protest of the annual Tel Aviv Municipality ceremony, which former Channel 2 journalist Yair Lapid will be hosting.

Almagor has called for the public not to attend the municipal ceremony, and to instead go to their event in front of the Tel Aviv Art Museum.

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“We are angry and do not understand how, despite the requests of families of victims of terror not to give a platform to politicians on Remembrance Day, Yair Lapid took advantage of a loophole that allows him to get into every home in the country,” the organization stated.

According to Almagor, Lapid is using victims of terror and those killed in battle for his own political gain, and should not be allowed to host a government- funded ceremony.

Lapid has hosted “Singing in the Square,” a ceremony in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, in which popular singers perform songs written by the fallen, for the past 15 years.

Despite complaints from MKs and NGOs, Lapid wrote on his Facebook wall last month that he created Singing in the Square and that he can host the ceremony without politicizing it.
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