The Zochrim (Remembering) organization and the Jerusalem Municipality decided not to charge for tickets to the memorial ceremony that took place on Sunday night, the eve of Remembrance Day, after a number of leading musicians slated to participate informed the organizers they were pulling out since entry was not free.
An joint announcement of the organization and municipality issued earlier on Sunday explained that thanks to funding provided by the city of Jerusalem, “the unique and important memorial event Zochrim is holding in the Sultan’s Pool, will be another of the other many city-hosted events that are free of charge. After Remembrance Day, whoever has already paid for a ticket will have a right to be reimbursed for it. This is in addition to the 1,000 tickets that have already been distributed to bereaved families for no charge.”
This is the sixth year Zochrim, which “deals with the commemoration and documentation of terror attacks in Israel and all over the world,” will hold such an event. In past years, smaller events – hosting some 3,000 participants – took place in locations such as the Jerusalem International Convention Center (Binyanei Ha’uma), and cover fees were charged. This year, organizers were hoping to draw 6,000 people.
When asked whether the musicians who canceled – such as Barry Sakharof, Amir Benayoun and Shuli Rand – would now perform, a spokesman for Zochrim said he did not know.