Monday, April 29, 2013

29-April-13: Connecting a stolen life to constructive and meaningful actions (VIDEO)

Two weeks ago, Israel passed through two of the most intense and momentous days in its national calendar.  Yom Hazikaron (in English: Remembrance Day, or more formally "Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism") is Israel's official Memorial Day, followed immediately afterwards by Israel's Independence Day, Yom Ha'atzma'ut. This year, Israel celebrated the 65th anniversary of its hard-won independence.

We wrote (see "14-Apr-13: In tonight's official commemoration of Memorial Day, a focus on the life of one girl and what is being done in her name") on the eve of Yom Hazikaron that
An evening of song in memory of Israel's Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror will be broadcast live from the Knesset on Israel television's Channel 1. The event is produced jointly by the Knesset, the Department of Families and Memorial at the Ministry of Defense, and the Department of Terror Victims at the National Insurance Institute (Bituach Leumi), entities operating throughout the year for the deceased and their families. An annual event, the theme of this year's ceremony is "In their Deaths, they Bequeathed Us", focusing on unique individuals and the organizations set up in their memory. Keren Malki, and the special life of Malki z"l, are amongst a select few to be featured this evening. 
We  now have a video clip that shows what the large by-invitation-only crowd, assembled in the forecourt of the Knesset, Israel's parliament, saw that night, and that was broadcast at the same time on Israel TV's Channel One.

The video (hosted on Vimeo) starts with the last minute of a musical performance; the video tribute to the Malki Foundation and to Malki begins at about 1m 05s into the clip. The people you see speaking here are the authors of This Ongoing War.

There's more background about the work of Keren Malki at; we hope you will take a moment to visit the site.

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