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United to be a Light
May, 14–17 2023!
Evening: Start of conference in Jerusalem
Morning: Meetings in Jerusalem
Afternoon: Big March of the Nations through Jerusalem
Meetings and marches in different cities throughout Israel
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From Jerusalem and to Jerusalem
The first March of the Nations in 2018 on occasion of the 70th anniversary of Israel brought more than 5000 participants from different nations together for a big event. In the following years we went to different cities throughout Israel. On occasion of the 75th anniversary of Israel in 2023 we want to gather in Jerusalem again.
A worldwide movement is gathering
The March of Life movement emerged from repentance and brokenness of the descendents of Nazi perpetrators who were willing to face the history of guilt of their own families and to speak the truth. At the core is the humble request for forgiveness for indifferent silence, antisemitism and hatred of Jews.
What makes the March of the Nations special?
It follows Genesis 12:3 and makes the blessing of Israel its first priority even in times of crisis.
“I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.“ (Genesis 12:3; NIV)
It calls young people from all nations to join the hike from north to south along the Israel National Tail. The INT is not just a hiking route but has long since become a symbol of national identity.
“Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.” (Genesis 13:17; NIV)
It creates encounters with those who are far off the usual tourist routes and who rarely hear the message of friendship and solidarity: in Metula (border to Libanon), Kfar Saba (Tel Aviv area, border to the West Bank), Netiv ha’asara (border to the Gaza Strip) and Tiberias (Lake of Galilee) .
“He grants peace to your borders and satisfies you with the finest of wheat.” (Psalm 147:14; NIV)
It is a representative and publicly effective statement of friendship through long-standing contacts with politicians in Israel and a large media coverage.
“I am a friend to all who fear you, to all who follow your precepts.” (Psalm 119:63; NIV)
It enables encounters with Holocaust survivors and their second and third generation descendants. The March of Life has already been honored twice by the Knesset for this encounter work.
“He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord’s favor has come (…) To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair.” (Isaiah 61:2-3; NLT)
It unites the commitment and dedication of all the participants who have already taken to the streets in their countries for Israel and against antisemitism in hundreds of Marches. In times of crisis, they come to Israel.
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” (Micah 4:2; NIV)