6,000 people–Jews and Palestinians, young and old, from the country’s urban center and from the periphery–gathered in Tel Aviv last night for one of the largest peace events since October 7. Dozens of organizations, many of them NIF grantees and NIFC funded partners like Breaking the Silence, participated in the event held at the Menora Mivtahim Arena.

The event was organized under the slogan: “It’s time!” It called for “reaching a [cease-fire] deal, stopping the war, and signing a political agreement. It’s time to make peace.”

Families of hostages and October 7 victims, musicians, and cultural figures took to the stage, along with Israeli historian and author Yuval Noah Harari. Knesset members Na’ama Lazimi, Eldad Kariv, and Ayman Odeh led a slew of public figures and fellow parliamentarians, past and present, in committing themselves to a call for the return of hostages from Gaza and for an end to the war.

Read more in The Times of Israel, Haaretz, and The Jerusalem Post.

Watch a recording of the event:


Two people embrace before entering the arena Audience members applauding

A song is performed on stage
Musicians Achinoam Nini & Nour Darwish

Two women read aloud together
Religious figures Ibtisam Mahmid & Tamar Elad-Appelbaum

Attendees at the rally raise their hands

Yuval Noah Harari speaks
Historian and author Yuval Noah Harari

Presenters at the event
MKs Na’ama Lazimi and Gilad Kariv

Event presenters stand on the stage
Representatives of October 7 casualties: Avi Daboush, Elana Kaminka, Bashir Al-Ziadna, Yotam Kipnis, Ya’akov Godo, Liat Atzili, Noga Friedman, Noam Dan, Thabet Abu Ras

Event participants shine the lights from their phones