Bereaved families over the weekend called on the state of Israel to heed an ongoing campaign to bring forward the date of Remembrance Day
for the Fallen of Israel’s Wars and Terror Victims,
saying the transition to Independence Day the next
day is too jarring.
Remembrance Day was set to take place on Monday,
April 15, followed by Independence Day on Tuesday, April 16. Monday
evening is considered Independence Day eve, and marks the beginning of
celebrations of Israel's day of formation. Cities all over the country
greet the celebratory day the night before with fireworks and
performances by famous Israeli entertainers.
want to celebrate on the eve of Independence Day as well, but the
proximity to Remembrance Day prevents us from letting go of the day's
feelings [of mourning] and celebrating with the rest of the people of
Israel," said Shmuel Tamir-Shurki, who lost his son, IAF pilot Lt. David
Tamir-Shurki and attorney Yossef Tamir posted a
petition online calling on the State of Israel to mark Remembrance Day a
day earlier, on Sunday, April 14, and thus create a gap between the day
of mourning and the day of celebration. Nearly 5,000 people had signed the petition by Saturday.
"Remembrance Day may be the hardest
day of the year for tens of thousands of families in Israel. This is a
day in which the entire country joins in mourning and remembrance of the
people closest to them [the bereaved families]," Tamir-Shurki said.
"The bereaved families go through an upheaval and enormous pain. Beyond
the enormous mental pain, there is a physical effort, of running around
from cemeteries to monuments and to different remembrance events. When
the day is over, each bereaved person wants to lay their head down and
rest. Instead, on their way home from the cemetery, they encounter roads
blocked for Independence Day celebrations," he added.
after their terrible day of mourning ends, everyone except for them moves
to Independence celebrations all over the country, which is unbearable,
and a continuous injustice to thousands of families in Israel," he
Tamir-Shurki added that the proximity of the end of
Remembrance Day to Independence Day shows disrespect to the bereaved
families and their fallen loved ones.
"The very people who paid
the ultimate price (except for the fallen soldiers), are the ones who
can't participate and find themselves on the outside of the national
celebration," he said.
The petitioners have taken their cause to
social networks and created internet memes - graphics that represent a
basic idea that can be transferred and subjected to mutation, crossover
and adaptation - to describe their situation.
In one such
graphic, a comic frame of Batman slapping his sidekick Robin appears.
Over and under the image, a caption reads: "Returning to school from
Purim and crying about it?! Think how bereaved families feel on the eve
of Independence Day!"
such graphic shows a photo of a panda bear surrounded by birthday
decorations, with a caption that reads: "Remembrance Day is over, now
third graphic shows an SMS message from one person to his friend dated
April 15, 2013 at 11:36 a.m., Remembrance Day. The first person inquires
of the plans for the evening Independence Day celebrations, while the
second replies he is in the middle of a Remembrance Day ceremony at the
army base of his fallen brother.