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  • Janis Raisen

Dizengoff Square Fountain Reveals Oct. 7 Trauma

Since October 7, the fountain at Dizengoff Square has been a popular site for the community to express grief and pain.

Dizengoff Square, Tel Aviv, November 9, 2023, (Photo: © Israel Sites & Sights / © Janis Raisen)


The fountain at Dizengoff Square in Tel Aviv, surrounded by yahrzeit (memorial) candles, photos, written pleas, dedications, collages, prayers, and chaos, all convey the agonizing pain that has overwhelmed the Jewish State in the aftermath of the October 7 massacre.

The beginning of the video: November 9, 2023; Second part of the video: January 3, 2024


What began as a community gathering to light yahrzeit candles, has become an ever-changing memorial site scattered with a collection of heart-wrenching pieces, some whole, some fragmented. Each item reveals both collective and personal  torment and suffering. As the war has progressed, the make-shift memorial has endured stormy weather over the peak of the rainy, winter season in Israel, yet is still standing strong.

At the time of publication, there are still over 100 Israelis held hostage in Gaza, including a one-year-old baby.


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