Michael Boyden

Yom Ha-Zikaron is not Holy

Yom Ha-Zikaron is not holy. Stop all of that nonsense about the need to be silent sheep at the memorial services across the country as though Yom Ha-Zikaron were holy. Those who gave their lives in defence of our country are holy. Not Yom Ha-Zikaron.

I applaud those in Beersheba, who intend to sing Hatikvah when Itamar Ben-Gvir gets up to speak. Ben-Gvir is a fascist, and our children did not die in order to defend the kind of country that he would like Israel to be.

We, the families of those who gave their lives in defence of this country, know that neither the dead, nor we, are interested in hearing the platitudes of politicians at the memorial services on Yom Ha-Zikaron.

It would have been better were they to have stayed away. Many of them absconded from military service. How dare they address us, the bereaved families, on Yom Ha-Zikaron?

Let us stop this hypocrisy as though this day were holy. Our country was established on the ashes of the Holocaust, and was defended by our loved ones, who gave their lives in defence of a Jewish State.

The State of Israel will only survive if we learn to live together, and agree to compromise in search of our share identity. Without compromise our nation has no future, and the sacrifice of our loved ones will have been in vain.

About the Author
Made aliyah from the UK in 1985, am a former president of the Israel Council of Reform Rabbis and am currently rabbi of Kehilat Yonatan in Hod Hasharon, Israel.