Israeli cabinet approves national remembrance day for October 7 massacre

The Israeli cabinet unanimously approved the observance of a national day of remembrance to commemorate the October 7 massacre and subsequent Gaza war, to be held every year on the 24th of the Hebrew month of Tishrei.

The annual memorial will be marked by two state ceremonies honoring the memory of the servicemen and women who fell in the ongoing war against Hamas and the civilians murdered during Hamas’s brutal incursion. It will be held separately from Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s memorial day, which is held on the 4th of Iyar.

Since the 24th of Tishrei falls on Shabbat this year, the first anniversary of the attack will be marked instead on its Gregorian date of October 7.

The idea of a day of remembrance was initiated with a Knesset bill by a mix of coalition and opposition lawmakers at the end of October.


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