A Forest in Memory of Italian Judges who Died Fighting for Justice.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
“For the sake of the future, we have to look back to the past,” declared Piercamillo Davigo, President of Italy’s Constitutional Court and leader of the judges’ delegation. “The Jewish Nation is the oldest in the world, and Israel is a symbol of the survival of a people that faced extermination. It is an example of a nation that has consecrated life in the face of death.”
Stefano Amore, one of the organizers of the delegation and a member of the Israel-Italy Joint Innovation Program for Industrial, Scientific and Technological Cooperation in R&D, enumerated the main objectives of the visit:
“This delegation represents our profound connection with Israel,” he said. “We want very much to strengthen the relationship between our countries where law and justice are concerned and boost our collaboration with KKL-JNF on environmental issues, water, agriculture and nutritional security. I believe that these things are all up to us, as Binyamin Zeev Herzl said: ‘If you will it, it is no dream’.”
The day began with a ceremony dedicated to the memory of the twenty-seven judges who were murdered by the Italian Mafia over the years, who sacrificed their lives for the sake of justice and their homeland. Twenty-seven trees were planted in their memory to symbolize the fact that although their lives were cut short, their legacy lives on.
“Those who fear die every day; those who do not, die but once.” These are the words inscribed upon the memorial plaque that was unveiled in the course of the ceremony.
“The trees we plant here today perpetuate the memory of those judges who were murdered while defending justice,” said Acting Executive Director of KKL-JNF’s Resource Development and Public Relations Department Moshe Pearl. “Judaism attaches great importance to tree-planting as a way of connecting to the soil and the land, and as a symbol of life.”
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