Jerusalem, Israel: Middle East’s only memorial to the victims of 9/11


Jerusalem Remembers: Doves are released at the dedication of the Israeli memorial for the 9/11 attacks.

Jerusalem Remembers: Doves are released at the dedication of the Israeli memorial for the 9/11 attacks.

Israel Felt Pain of 9/11 Terror Attacks With New Yorkers

Jerusalem Monument Stands as ‘Testament to the Shared Pain’

by Michael Oren

Published September 09, 2011

On a hilltop at the entrance to Jerusalem, overlooking a timeless view, stands the Middle East’s only memorial to the victims of 9/11. Forged in bronze and set in Jerusalem stone are the names of the 2,974 victims of the terrorist attack.
A 30-foot sculpture of an American flag transforming into flames evokes the twin towers. Side by side, the Stars and Stripes and the Shield of David flutter. The monument, built with American contributions to the Jewish National Fund and incorporating granite segments of the World Trade Center, stands as a testament to the shared pain — and common hope — of the United States and Israel.
As an Israeli who grew up in the United States, I feel that connection deeply. The twin towers dominated the skyline of my suburban hometown. They were a fixture of our lives, beacons of a resplendent future. My memory of that vision remained luminous throughout the grim summer of 2001, when suicide bombers targeted buses and restaurants in my Jerusalem neighborhood. Our son, Yoav, about to enter the Israel Defense Forces, refused to give up his normal life as a teenager and to stop going out to clubs. Which left his father sleepless.
“That’s it,” I finally told him. “Until your induction, you’re staying with your cousins in New York.”

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2 Responses to Jerusalem, Israel: Middle East’s only memorial to the victims of 9/11

  1. It was planned and planted by the Jewish National Fund. http://www.jnf.org/

    Here is a video of the Dedication ceremony: http://youtu.be/CRPYTiN5Oso

    It is the only place outside of New York that recognizes the names of the people who were killed on 9/11 as well as their countries of origin.
    “Set against the magnificent backdrop of Jerusalem, the Living Memorial is a moving site from which to mourn the victims of 9/11 as well as consider the thousands of victims of terrorism worldwide. This is a place for visiting dignitaries — presidents, prime ministers, ambassadors, and citizens of the world — to come together to remember, reflect and heal. More than anything we hope that this Living Memorial will remind us to reaffirm our commitment to tolerance, the unity of mankind, and democracy. Jerusalem is a battleground of civilization but also a place of hope; what better place to show that civilization won?” – Russell Robinson, CEO, Jewish National Fund
    U.S. Ambassador to Israel James Cunningham attended the ceremony dedicating the monument, as did U.S. Congressman Erik Paulsen, who led a delegation from the United States. They were joined by Israeli Cabinet ministers, Knesset members and many families of the victims of 9/11, as well as other distinguished guests. http://www.jnf.org/work-we-do/our-projects/tourism-recreation/911-living-memorial-in.html

    It has been a tradition for 100 years to plant a tree in Israel when you have a birth, death, or any of life’s advances. You can do it here http://www.jnf.org/support/tree-planting-center/

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