This year, the World Bnei Akiva movement launched a unique project where its members traveled around the world to light Hanukkah candles at locations of recent terror attacks.

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Over the past several days, the World Bnei Akiva (WBA) movement has launched a global Hanukkah project, during which its emissaries traveled around the world to locations where terror attacks and anti-Semitic incidents took place and lit Hanukkah candles.

Everyday, the videos are uploaded to social media platforms with the hashtag #LightUpTheDarkness. As a result, more and more young followers around the world joined the initiative. Such locations include Amsterdam, where a pro-Palestinian protester smashed the windows of a Jewish restaurant or Berlin, where a terrorist drove his truck into a crowd and murdered 12 people.  

“By doing this project, we want to illustrate the idea of Hanukkah and integrate it into everyday life,” stated WBA Secretary General Roi Abecassis. “Darkness is not only a physical phenomenon, it is also a symbol, just like light. We want to encourage our students and Jews around the world to shine wherever they see darkness as this is the only way to expel it.”