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Likud urges PM to bar coalition MKs from attending joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day ceremony

Palestinians and Israelis attend an Israeli-Palestinian memorial ceremony in Tel Aviv on April 30, 2017, as Israel marks its annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terror. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
Palestinians and Israelis attend an Israeli-Palestinian memorial ceremony in Tel Aviv on April 30, 2017, as Israel marks its annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terror. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

The Likud party issues a statement calling on Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to bar members of his coalition from attending the annual joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day ceremony tomorrow evening.

Meretz MK Mossi Raz and Labor MK Ibtisam Mara’ana are slated to attend the event, which memorializes Israeli and Palestinian victims of violence.

The ceremony has been deeply controversial since its inception, particularly among the Israeli public, with right-wing critics accusing it of legitimizing terrorism and equating Israel’s fallen soldiers to those who attacked them.

Supporters say it represents an effort by those who have lost the most in the conflict to give meaning to the deaths of their loved ones by turning away from violence.

“Bennett must condemn and prevent members of his coalition from attending a ceremony commemorating terrorists and comparing them to IDF soldiers on Memorial Day,” Likud says in a statement.

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