Rivlin remembers Amos Oz: Who will tell our story now? – Israel News

adminDecember 31, 2018




Wreaths are added to the Amos Oz memorial in Tel Aviv on December 31, 2018

Wreaths are added to the Amos Oz memorial in Tel Aviv on December 31, 2018.
(photo credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI / MAARIV)

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A memorial for author Amos Oz, who passed away last week, took place at the Tzavta Theater in Tel Aviv on Monday.

Oz's coffin was placed at 10.30 for public viewing and a memorial service, which was met by Israeli leaders and public figures, was held to his honor that afternoon.

At 3 o'clock, his funeral at Kibbutz Hulda where he spent his youth.

Oz's children, Fania and Daniel, and grandson Dean and Nadav spoke at the memorial on behalf of the family. Prof. Mark Glazerman and Shai Huldai spoke on behalf of Oz's friends. The music Idan Rachel performed "A leaf in the wind", a song that Oz loved.

Oz passed away Friday at the age of 79 after a fight against cancer. Considering Israel's greatest writer, he has won several literary prizes, including the Israel Prize, the Bialik Prize and the Goethe Prize.

His novels were translated into more than 40 languages, and Oz lived a life of global literary success. In Israel, Oz carried the title of Israel's most important modern literary voice and suffered controversial attacks for his support for Israeli-Palestinian peace and his relentless opposition to Israeli occupation in the West Bank.

"How dear you were in my heart," President Reuven Rivlin said in a statement released after Oz was sentenced. "How dear and important you were to the State of Israel."

Jerusalem Post reporter Cassandra Gomez-Hochberg is tweeting live from the memorial.

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