Netanyahu bars all 181 Palestinian participants from attending joint Memorial Day ceremony | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Netanyahu bars all 181 Palestinian participants from attending joint Memorial Day ceremony

The unique joint Memorial Day ceremony brings Israelis and Palestinians on both sides together to mourn and acknowledge each other’s grief for loved ones killed in the conflict

Israel turned down all 181 applications of Palestinians from the West Bank invited by the organizers of a joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day ceremony in Tel Aviv. Sources told Haaretz that the order banning the Palestinians came from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who also serves as defense minister. Netanyahu’s bureau declined to comment.

A statement in response to the applications said: “The requests were denied because there is a closure on the eve of Memorial Day.” Such a closure is imposed every year, but in previous years, invited Palestinians were allowed to enter Israel on the eve of the ceremony, which has been held since 2006.

The ceremony is organized by Combatants for Peace, an organization of former Israeli soldiers and Palestinian militants and the Parents Circle Families Forum, a group of bereaved Israeli and Palestinian families that work together for reconciliation.

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