Youth and adults from all sectors of Israeli society discuss the sanctity of life
Last night, Israeli Democracy Month culminated in the Israeli Assembly. Organized by a coalition of youth movements and organizations from the entire spectrum of Israeli religious, political and cultural life, the event brings thousands together in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv for a ceremony commemorating the life, murder and legacy of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin z”l, and discussion circles taking up pressing issues in Israeli society.
Last night’s main event was preceded by smaller local assemblies in over 20 towns and cities throughout the country, as well as guided tours of Dror Israel’s mobile exhibit about Rabin’s life and assassination, which fosters open and honest discussion about the ability of Israeli society to contain disagreement within the bounds of democracy.
The youth discussion circles were led by trained facilitators from a wide spectrum of Israeli youth movements – the largest of them HaNoar HaOved (associated with Dror Israel) and Bnei Akiva (Israel’s largest religious Jewish youth movement).
The adult discussion circles focused on the value and sanctity of human life, and were led by an interesting variety of public figures whose lives and expertise shed light on the topic – including experts in the healthcare system and current pandemic, families impacted by the disaster on Mount Meron in which 11 people were killed in April of this year, activists fighting violence against women in Arab-Israeli society, experts in deadly road and work accidents, and more.