The Israel Scouts joined other Israeli youth movements under the banner "Remembering the murder, fighting for democracy." Marked annually, the days focus on the issues at the heart of Israeli democracy today and a joint vigil to commemorate the murder of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
The purpose of the "Israeli Gathering" is to form a wide consensus in Israeli society on the State of Israel as a democratic, Jewish state with a democratic society. This turns the annual memorial day for former prime minister and defense minister Yitzhak Rabin into a day of remembrance and self-evaluation, a day in which Israeli society meets to discuss and create a strong democracy.
This is a democratic gathering between the different sectors of Israeli society, where every person has the ability to make their opinion heard in a safe space.
Through conversation groups, we hope to create an environment of togetherness and to strengthen faith in Israeli democracy – a call for the end of division, racism and hatred by connecting Israeli society's different sectors.
The gathering took place this year over two days in six different places in Israel: Tel Aviv, Be'er Sheva, Modi'in, Jerusalem, Haifa and Nazareth Illit.
Over 30,000 participated in the event from a whole range of communities and backgrounds.
We are delighted to play a leading role in the initiative with many leaders and participants taking on significant leadership roles in the event.