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With the shock of Oct. 7 still raw, profound sadness and anger grip Israel on its Memorial Day

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With the shock of Oct. 7 still raw, profound sadness and anger grip Israel on its Memorial Day
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With the shock of Oct. 7 still raw, profound sadness and anger grip Israel on its Memorial Day

2024-05-13 11:52 Last Updated At:12:01

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Ruby Chen’s son, Itay, was killed in the Hamas attack on Oct. 7. But unlike scores of other families of soldiers killed that day, Chen doesn’t have a grave to visit because his son’s remains are held captive in Gaza.

The absence of a final resting place is being felt acutely now, as Israel marks its Memorial Day for fallen soldiers, when cemeteries are brimming with relatives mourning over the graves of their loved ones.

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People stand still to observe a minute of silence as air raid sirens sound to mark Israel's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks at a memorial for victims of the bloody Oct. 7 cross-border attack by Hamas militants, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Ruby Chen’s son, Itay, was killed in the Hamas attack on Oct. 7. But unlike scores of other families of soldiers killed that day, Chen doesn’t have a grave to visit because his son’s remains are held captive in Gaza.

Family, friends and supporters of hostages held in the Gaza Strip by the Hamas militant group block a road moment ahead of Israel's annual Memorial Day for the fallen soldiers who died in the nation's conflicts and victims of nationalistic attacks in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Family, friends and supporters of hostages held in the Gaza Strip by the Hamas militant group block a road moment ahead of Israel's annual Memorial Day for the fallen soldiers who died in the nation's conflicts and victims of nationalistic attacks in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Members of Israeli forces stand in formation to observe a minute of silence as air raid sirens sound to mark Israel's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in the Old City of Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Members of Israeli forces stand in formation to observe a minute of silence as air raid sirens sound to mark Israel's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in the Old City of Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Israeli soldiers and family members of fallen soldiers visit their graves on the eve of the country's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks, at Mount Herzl military cemetery, in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Israeli soldiers and family members of fallen soldiers visit their graves on the eve of the country's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks, at Mount Herzl military cemetery, in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Israeli scouts light torches during a Memorial Day ceremony, commemorating fallen soldiers, at the military cemetery of Mount Hertzl in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Israeli scouts light torches during a Memorial Day ceremony, commemorating fallen soldiers, at the military cemetery of Mount Hertzl in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

People light candles to mark Israel's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks at a memorial for victims of the bloody Oct. 7 cross-border attack by Hamas militants, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

People light candles to mark Israel's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks at a memorial for victims of the bloody Oct. 7 cross-border attack by Hamas militants, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Members of Israeli forces stand in formation to observe a minute of silence as air raid sirens sound to mark Israel's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in the Old City of Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Members of Israeli forces stand in formation to observe a minute of silence as air raid sirens sound to mark Israel's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in the Old City of Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Israeli soldiers and family members of fallen soldiers visit their graves on the eve of the country's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks, at Mount Herzl military cemetery, in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Israeli soldiers and family members of fallen soldiers visit their graves on the eve of the country's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks, at Mount Herzl military cemetery, in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Israeli soldiers attend the funeral of Sgt. Itay Livny at Kiryat Shaul military cemetery in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2024. Livny ,19, was killed during Israel's ground operation in the Gaza Strip, where the Israeli army has been battling Palestinian militants in the war ignited by Hamas' Oct. 7 attack into Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Israeli soldiers attend the funeral of Sgt. Itay Livny at Kiryat Shaul military cemetery in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2024. Livny ,19, was killed during Israel's ground operation in the Gaza Strip, where the Israeli army has been battling Palestinian militants in the war ignited by Hamas' Oct. 7 attack into Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Israeli fighter jets fly over soldiers standing next to comrades graves during a rehearsal on the eve of the country's Memorial Day for fallen soldiers at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Israeli fighter jets fly over soldiers standing next to comrades graves during a rehearsal on the eve of the country's Memorial Day for fallen soldiers at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a ceremony for the 'Remembrance Day for the Fallen of Israel's Wars and Victims of Terrorism' at Yad LeBanim in Jerusalem, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2024. Israel will observe Memorial Day from sunset tonight until sunset May 13, when Independence Day begins.( Debbie Hill/Pool Photo via AP)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a ceremony for the 'Remembrance Day for the Fallen of Israel's Wars and Victims of Terrorism' at Yad LeBanim in Jerusalem, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2024. Israel will observe Memorial Day from sunset tonight until sunset May 13, when Independence Day begins.( Debbie Hill/Pool Photo via AP)

Family, friends and supporters of hostages held in the Gaza Strip by the Hamas militant group holds candles and stand still to observe one minute of silence as air raid sirens sound to mark Israel's annual Memorial Day for the fallen soldiers who died in the nation's conflicts and victims of nationalistic attacks in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Family, friends and supporters of hostages held in the Gaza Strip by the Hamas militant group holds candles and stand still to observe one minute of silence as air raid sirens sound to mark Israel's annual Memorial Day for the fallen soldiers who died in the nation's conflicts and victims of nationalistic attacks in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Israeli soldiers pray after attending the ceremony marking Israel's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in the Old City of Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Israeli soldiers pray after attending the ceremony marking Israel's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in the Old City of Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Israeli president Isaac Herzog, second from left, lights the fire during the ceremony marking Israel's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in the Old City of Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Israeli president Isaac Herzog, second from left, lights the fire during the ceremony marking Israel's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in the Old City of Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Israeli soldiers and family members of fallen soldiers visit their graves on the eve of the country's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks, at Mount Herzl military cemetery, in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Israeli soldiers and family members of fallen soldiers visit their graves on the eve of the country's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks, at Mount Herzl military cemetery, in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Israeli scouts light torches during a Memorial Day ceremony, commemorating fallen soldiers, at the military cemetery of Mount Hertzl in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Israeli scouts light torches during a Memorial Day ceremony, commemorating fallen soldiers, at the military cemetery of Mount Hertzl in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Family of Israeli solider Sergeant Yosef Dassa mourns in grief during his funeral in Kiryat Ata, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2024. Dassa ,19, was killed during Israel's ground operation in the Gaza Strip, where the Israeli army has been battling Palestinian militants in the war ignited by Hamas' Oct. 7 attack into Israel. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Family of Israeli solider Sergeant Yosef Dassa mourns in grief during his funeral in Kiryat Ata, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2024. Dassa ,19, was killed during Israel's ground operation in the Gaza Strip, where the Israeli army has been battling Palestinian militants in the war ignited by Hamas' Oct. 7 attack into Israel. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Israeli soldiers and family members of fallen soldiers visit their graves on the eve of the country's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks at Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Israeli soldiers and family members of fallen soldiers visit their graves on the eve of the country's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks at Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

An Israeli soldier pays respect at a memorial for victims of the bloody Oct. 7, cross-border attack by Hamas militants on the eve of Israel's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

An Israeli soldier pays respect at a memorial for victims of the bloody Oct. 7, cross-border attack by Hamas militants on the eve of Israel's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

A view of Mount Herzl military cemetery is pictured in Jerusalem, Thursday, May 9, 2024. Israel marks its annual Memorial Day in remembrance of soldiers who died in the nation's conflicts, beginning at dusk Sunday, May 12, until Monday evening, May 13. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

A view of Mount Herzl military cemetery is pictured in Jerusalem, Thursday, May 9, 2024. Israel marks its annual Memorial Day in remembrance of soldiers who died in the nation's conflicts, beginning at dusk Sunday, May 12, until Monday evening, May 13. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Ruby Chen holds a poster of his son, Itay Chen, during a protest near Israel's parliament in Jerusalem, Thursday, March 9, 2024. Itay Chen was killed in Hamas' attack on Oct. 7. But unlike scores of other families of soldiers killed that day, the Chens don't have a grave to visit because their son's remains are being held by Hamas in Gaza. The absence of a final resting place is being felt by several dozen families as Israel marks its Memorial Day for fallen soldiers, when cemeteries are brimming with relatives mourning over the graves of their loved ones. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Ruby Chen holds a poster of his son, Itay Chen, during a protest near Israel's parliament in Jerusalem, Thursday, March 9, 2024. Itay Chen was killed in Hamas' attack on Oct. 7. But unlike scores of other families of soldiers killed that day, the Chens don't have a grave to visit because their son's remains are being held by Hamas in Gaza. The absence of a final resting place is being felt by several dozen families as Israel marks its Memorial Day for fallen soldiers, when cemeteries are brimming with relatives mourning over the graves of their loved ones. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Family members and activists carry an empty casket during a mock funeral held ahead of Israel's Memorial Day for Israelis whose remains are being held by Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, near the Israeli parliament building in Jerusalem, Thursday, May 9, 2024. Memorial Day is always a somber occasion in Israel. But in the aftermath of Oct. 7, it has taken on a profound and raw sadness coupled with percolating anger. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Family members and activists carry an empty casket during a mock funeral held ahead of Israel's Memorial Day for Israelis whose remains are being held by Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, near the Israeli parliament building in Jerusalem, Thursday, May 9, 2024. Memorial Day is always a somber occasion in Israel. But in the aftermath of Oct. 7, it has taken on a profound and raw sadness coupled with percolating anger. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

A poster depicting fallen Israeli soldier Itay Chen hangs in an installation representing a tunnel in the Gaza Strip, in Tel Aviv, Wednesday, May 8, 2024. Itay was killed in Hamas' attack on Oct. 7. But unlike scores of other families of soldiers killed that day, the Chens don't have a grave to visit because their son's remains are held captive in Gaza. The absence of a final resting place is being felt acutely now, as Israel marks its Memorial Day for fallen soldiers, when cemeteries are brimming with relatives mourning over the graves of their loved ones. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

A poster depicting fallen Israeli soldier Itay Chen hangs in an installation representing a tunnel in the Gaza Strip, in Tel Aviv, Wednesday, May 8, 2024. Itay was killed in Hamas' attack on Oct. 7. But unlike scores of other families of soldiers killed that day, the Chens don't have a grave to visit because their son's remains are held captive in Gaza. The absence of a final resting place is being felt acutely now, as Israel marks its Memorial Day for fallen soldiers, when cemeteries are brimming with relatives mourning over the graves of their loved ones. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Hagit Chen holds a necklace depicting her son, fallen Israeli soldier Itay Chen, in Tel Aviv, Wednesday, May 8, 2024. Itay Chen was killed in Hamas' attack on Oct. 7. But unlike scores of other families of soldiers killed that day, the Chens don't have a grave to visit because their son's remains are held captive in Gaza. The absence of a final resting place is being felt acutely now, as Israel marks its Memorial Day for fallen soldiers, when cemeteries are brimming with relatives mourning over the graves of their loved ones. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Hagit Chen holds a necklace depicting her son, fallen Israeli soldier Itay Chen, in Tel Aviv, Wednesday, May 8, 2024. Itay Chen was killed in Hamas' attack on Oct. 7. But unlike scores of other families of soldiers killed that day, the Chens don't have a grave to visit because their son's remains are held captive in Gaza. The absence of a final resting place is being felt acutely now, as Israel marks its Memorial Day for fallen soldiers, when cemeteries are brimming with relatives mourning over the graves of their loved ones. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Hagit, left, and Ruby Chen, parents of fallen Israeli soldier Itay Chen, pose for a portrait in Tel Aviv, Wednesday, May 8, 2024. Their son Itay was killed in Hamas' attack on Oct. 7. But unlike scores of other families of soldiers killed that day, the Chens don't have a grave to visit because their son's remains are held captive in Gaza. The absence of a final resting place is being felt acutely now, as Israel marks its Memorial Day for fallen soldiers, when cemeteries are brimming with relatives mourning over the graves of their loved ones. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Hagit, left, and Ruby Chen, parents of fallen Israeli soldier Itay Chen, pose for a portrait in Tel Aviv, Wednesday, May 8, 2024. Their son Itay was killed in Hamas' attack on Oct. 7. But unlike scores of other families of soldiers killed that day, the Chens don't have a grave to visit because their son's remains are held captive in Gaza. The absence of a final resting place is being felt acutely now, as Israel marks its Memorial Day for fallen soldiers, when cemeteries are brimming with relatives mourning over the graves of their loved ones. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Ruby Chen holds a poster of his son, Itay Chen, during a protest near Israel's parliament in Jerusalem, Thursday, March 9, 2024. Itay Chen was killed in Hamas' attack on Oct. 7. But unlike scores of other families of soldiers killed that day, the Chens don't have a grave to visit because their son's remains are being held by Hamas in Gaza. The absence of a final resting place is being felt by several dozen families as Israel marks its Memorial Day for fallen soldiers, when cemeteries are brimming with relatives mourning over the graves of their loved ones. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Ruby Chen holds a poster of his son, Itay Chen, during a protest near Israel's parliament in Jerusalem, Thursday, March 9, 2024. Itay Chen was killed in Hamas' attack on Oct. 7. But unlike scores of other families of soldiers killed that day, the Chens don't have a grave to visit because their son's remains are being held by Hamas in Gaza. The absence of a final resting place is being felt by several dozen families as Israel marks its Memorial Day for fallen soldiers, when cemeteries are brimming with relatives mourning over the graves of their loved ones. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Hagit and Ruby Chen, left, carry an empty casket during a mock funeral for Israelis whose remains are being held by Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, near the Israeli parliament building in Jerusalem, Thursday, May 9, 2024. Their son Itay, a soldier who was killed in Hamas' Oct. 7 attack, is among the more than 30 Israelis whose remains are believed to be in Gaza. The procession came ahead of Israel's Memorial Day, when cemeteries will be brimming with relatives mourning over the graves of their loved ones. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Hagit and Ruby Chen, left, carry an empty casket during a mock funeral for Israelis whose remains are being held by Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, near the Israeli parliament building in Jerusalem, Thursday, May 9, 2024. Their son Itay, a soldier who was killed in Hamas' Oct. 7 attack, is among the more than 30 Israelis whose remains are believed to be in Gaza. The procession came ahead of Israel's Memorial Day, when cemeteries will be brimming with relatives mourning over the graves of their loved ones. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Israeli soldiers and family members visit the graves of fallen soldiers ahead of Israel's annual Memorial Day at Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem, Thursday, May 9, 2024. Israel marks its annual Memorial Day in remembrance of soldiers who died in the nation's conflicts, beginning at dusk Sunday, May 12, until Monday evening, May 13. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Israeli soldiers and family members visit the graves of fallen soldiers ahead of Israel's annual Memorial Day at Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem, Thursday, May 9, 2024. Israel marks its annual Memorial Day in remembrance of soldiers who died in the nation's conflicts, beginning at dusk Sunday, May 12, until Monday evening, May 13. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

“Where are we supposed to go?” Chen said. “There is no burial site for us to go to.”

Memorial Day is always a somber occasion in Israel, a country that has suffered through repeated war and conflict throughout its 76-year history. But Chen’s torment underscores how this year it has taken on a profound and raw sadness coupled with percolating anger over the failures of Oct. 7 and the war it sparked.

Families of the fallen, along with broad segments of the public, are demanding accountability from political and military leaders over the blunders that led to the deaths of hundreds in the deadliest attack in the country’s history.

“Too many people were killed on that day because of a colossal misjudgment,” said Chen, who for months thought his son was still alive after he was snatched into Gaza, before receiving confirmation earlier this year that he was dead. “People who made the misjudgment need to pay, from the prime minister down.”

Israel marks its Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of attacks beginning at sundown Sunday with an official ceremony and smaller events the following day at military cemeteries across the country. The solemnity is then abruptly interrupted by the fanfare of Independence Day, which begins Monday evening.

Grouping the two days together is intentionally meant to highlight the link between the costly wars Israel has fought and the establishment and survival of the state, a contrast that this year will be hard to reconcile at a time when Israel is actively engaged in warfare and Israelis feel more insecure than ever.

With the trauma of Oct. 7 looming large, each day is expected to feel dramatically different from previous years.

More than 600 Israeli soldiers have been killed since Hamas launched its surprise attack on Oct. 7, when thousands of militants rampaged across southern Israeli military bases and sleepy communities on a Jewish holiday.

Roughly 1,200 people were killed that day, about a quarter of them soldiers, and another 250 were taken captive into Gaza, according to Israeli authorities. The attack sparked the war, now in its eighth month, which has killed more than 34,700 Palestinians, most of them women and children, according to local health officials.

The militants stormed past Israel’s vaunted defenses, bursting through a border fence, blinding surveillance cameras and battling the country’s first line of defense soldiers, many of whom were outnumbered. Itay Chen, an Israeli-American, was one of them.

Militants reached roughly 20 different locations in southern Israel, stretching into cities beyond the belt of farming communities that straddles Gaza. It took hours for the region’s most powerful military to send reinforcements to the area and days for it to clear all the militants.

The attack shook Israel to its core. It shattered the broad trust the country’s Jewish population has long placed in the military, which has compulsory enlistment for most Jewish 18-year-olds.

Beyond the crisis of confidence in the military, the attack smashed Israelis’ faith in their government and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose public support plummeted. Thousands of people take part in weekly protests demanding an early election so that a new leadership can take over.

Military and defense leaders have said they shoulder the blame for what transpired during the attack, and the country's head of military intelligence resigned as a result. But Netanyahu has stopped short of accepting responsibility, saying that he will answer tough questions after the war and even blaming his security chiefs last year in a late night post on X that he later deleted. His refusal to own up to his role has infuriated many.

But many Israelis have also lost patience with the protracted war, where soldiers continue to die and where thousands have been wounded.

The war's twin aims, of defeating Hamas' governing and military capabilities and freeing the hostages, haven't been accomplished, casting a shadow over events typically meant as a salute to the military's prowess, said Idit Shafran Gittleman, an expert on the military and Israeli society at the Institute for National Security Studies, a Tel Aviv think tank. Tens of thousands of Israelis also remain displaced from the country's south and volatile north.

“Since Oct. 7, Israelis have asked themselves how they will endure Memorial Day and Independence Day. And I don’t think anyone has an answer,” she said, adding that the one thing that might improve public sentiment is an election and a new government.

The anger that has surged is likely to boil over at the Memorial Day ceremonies, which take place at military cemeteries across the country. The ceremonies are typically seen as sacred, solemn and apolitical, even though they are attended by government ministers and lawmakers.

Some families have asked that the ministers refrain from joining, fearing a repeat of last year, when attendees at multiple ceremonies yelled at lawmakers who supported a divisive government plan to overhaul the judiciary.

“This is an event that the failing leadership and the failing security apparatus led us to,” Eyal Eshel, whose daughter, Roni, was killed at a base stormed by militants on Oct. 7 and who is leading the charge to prevent ministers from attending, told Israeli Channel 12. “Respect the families’ request: Don’t come.” Regardless, ministers are still slated to fan out across cemeteries nationwide.

But other changes are being made to reflect the somber mood, especially for Independence Day. The official ceremony marking the start of celebrations will be scaled down and have no live audience. The traditional air force flyby has been canceled.

Israelis are wondering what the right way to celebrate is — and whether there is much to celebrate at all.

“People have stopped believing that the country is able to defend us,” said Tom Segev, an Israeli historian. “The basic faith in the ability of the state to ensure a good future here has been undermined.”

Follow AP’s coverage of the war at https://apnews.com/hub/israel-hamas-war

People stand still to observe a minute of silence as air raid sirens sound to mark Israel's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks at a memorial for victims of the bloody Oct. 7 cross-border attack by Hamas militants, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

People stand still to observe a minute of silence as air raid sirens sound to mark Israel's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks at a memorial for victims of the bloody Oct. 7 cross-border attack by Hamas militants, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Family, friends and supporters of hostages held in the Gaza Strip by the Hamas militant group block a road moment ahead of Israel's annual Memorial Day for the fallen soldiers who died in the nation's conflicts and victims of nationalistic attacks in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Family, friends and supporters of hostages held in the Gaza Strip by the Hamas militant group block a road moment ahead of Israel's annual Memorial Day for the fallen soldiers who died in the nation's conflicts and victims of nationalistic attacks in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Members of Israeli forces stand in formation to observe a minute of silence as air raid sirens sound to mark Israel's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in the Old City of Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Members of Israeli forces stand in formation to observe a minute of silence as air raid sirens sound to mark Israel's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in the Old City of Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Israeli soldiers and family members of fallen soldiers visit their graves on the eve of the country's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks, at Mount Herzl military cemetery, in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Israeli soldiers and family members of fallen soldiers visit their graves on the eve of the country's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks, at Mount Herzl military cemetery, in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Israeli scouts light torches during a Memorial Day ceremony, commemorating fallen soldiers, at the military cemetery of Mount Hertzl in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Israeli scouts light torches during a Memorial Day ceremony, commemorating fallen soldiers, at the military cemetery of Mount Hertzl in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

People light candles to mark Israel's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks at a memorial for victims of the bloody Oct. 7 cross-border attack by Hamas militants, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

People light candles to mark Israel's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks at a memorial for victims of the bloody Oct. 7 cross-border attack by Hamas militants, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Members of Israeli forces stand in formation to observe a minute of silence as air raid sirens sound to mark Israel's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in the Old City of Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Members of Israeli forces stand in formation to observe a minute of silence as air raid sirens sound to mark Israel's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in the Old City of Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Israeli soldiers and family members of fallen soldiers visit their graves on the eve of the country's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks, at Mount Herzl military cemetery, in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Israeli soldiers and family members of fallen soldiers visit their graves on the eve of the country's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks, at Mount Herzl military cemetery, in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Israeli soldiers attend the funeral of Sgt. Itay Livny at Kiryat Shaul military cemetery in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2024. Livny ,19, was killed during Israel's ground operation in the Gaza Strip, where the Israeli army has been battling Palestinian militants in the war ignited by Hamas' Oct. 7 attack into Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Israeli soldiers attend the funeral of Sgt. Itay Livny at Kiryat Shaul military cemetery in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2024. Livny ,19, was killed during Israel's ground operation in the Gaza Strip, where the Israeli army has been battling Palestinian militants in the war ignited by Hamas' Oct. 7 attack into Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Israeli fighter jets fly over soldiers standing next to comrades graves during a rehearsal on the eve of the country's Memorial Day for fallen soldiers at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Israeli fighter jets fly over soldiers standing next to comrades graves during a rehearsal on the eve of the country's Memorial Day for fallen soldiers at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a ceremony for the 'Remembrance Day for the Fallen of Israel's Wars and Victims of Terrorism' at Yad LeBanim in Jerusalem, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2024. Israel will observe Memorial Day from sunset tonight until sunset May 13, when Independence Day begins.( Debbie Hill/Pool Photo via AP)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a ceremony for the 'Remembrance Day for the Fallen of Israel's Wars and Victims of Terrorism' at Yad LeBanim in Jerusalem, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2024. Israel will observe Memorial Day from sunset tonight until sunset May 13, when Independence Day begins.( Debbie Hill/Pool Photo via AP)

Family, friends and supporters of hostages held in the Gaza Strip by the Hamas militant group holds candles and stand still to observe one minute of silence as air raid sirens sound to mark Israel's annual Memorial Day for the fallen soldiers who died in the nation's conflicts and victims of nationalistic attacks in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Family, friends and supporters of hostages held in the Gaza Strip by the Hamas militant group holds candles and stand still to observe one minute of silence as air raid sirens sound to mark Israel's annual Memorial Day for the fallen soldiers who died in the nation's conflicts and victims of nationalistic attacks in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Israeli soldiers pray after attending the ceremony marking Israel's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in the Old City of Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Israeli soldiers pray after attending the ceremony marking Israel's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in the Old City of Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Israeli president Isaac Herzog, second from left, lights the fire during the ceremony marking Israel's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in the Old City of Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Israeli president Isaac Herzog, second from left, lights the fire during the ceremony marking Israel's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in the Old City of Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Israeli soldiers and family members of fallen soldiers visit their graves on the eve of the country's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks, at Mount Herzl military cemetery, in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Israeli soldiers and family members of fallen soldiers visit their graves on the eve of the country's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks, at Mount Herzl military cemetery, in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Israeli scouts light torches during a Memorial Day ceremony, commemorating fallen soldiers, at the military cemetery of Mount Hertzl in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Israeli scouts light torches during a Memorial Day ceremony, commemorating fallen soldiers, at the military cemetery of Mount Hertzl in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Family of Israeli solider Sergeant Yosef Dassa mourns in grief during his funeral in Kiryat Ata, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2024. Dassa ,19, was killed during Israel's ground operation in the Gaza Strip, where the Israeli army has been battling Palestinian militants in the war ignited by Hamas' Oct. 7 attack into Israel. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Family of Israeli solider Sergeant Yosef Dassa mourns in grief during his funeral in Kiryat Ata, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2024. Dassa ,19, was killed during Israel's ground operation in the Gaza Strip, where the Israeli army has been battling Palestinian militants in the war ignited by Hamas' Oct. 7 attack into Israel. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Israeli soldiers and family members of fallen soldiers visit their graves on the eve of the country's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks at Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Israeli soldiers and family members of fallen soldiers visit their graves on the eve of the country's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks at Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

An Israeli soldier pays respect at a memorial for victims of the bloody Oct. 7, cross-border attack by Hamas militants on the eve of Israel's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

An Israeli soldier pays respect at a memorial for victims of the bloody Oct. 7, cross-border attack by Hamas militants on the eve of Israel's annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of nationalistic attacks, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

A view of Mount Herzl military cemetery is pictured in Jerusalem, Thursday, May 9, 2024. Israel marks its annual Memorial Day in remembrance of soldiers who died in the nation's conflicts, beginning at dusk Sunday, May 12, until Monday evening, May 13. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

A view of Mount Herzl military cemetery is pictured in Jerusalem, Thursday, May 9, 2024. Israel marks its annual Memorial Day in remembrance of soldiers who died in the nation's conflicts, beginning at dusk Sunday, May 12, until Monday evening, May 13. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Ruby Chen holds a poster of his son, Itay Chen, during a protest near Israel's parliament in Jerusalem, Thursday, March 9, 2024. Itay Chen was killed in Hamas' attack on Oct. 7. But unlike scores of other families of soldiers killed that day, the Chens don't have a grave to visit because their son's remains are being held by Hamas in Gaza. The absence of a final resting place is being felt by several dozen families as Israel marks its Memorial Day for fallen soldiers, when cemeteries are brimming with relatives mourning over the graves of their loved ones. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Ruby Chen holds a poster of his son, Itay Chen, during a protest near Israel's parliament in Jerusalem, Thursday, March 9, 2024. Itay Chen was killed in Hamas' attack on Oct. 7. But unlike scores of other families of soldiers killed that day, the Chens don't have a grave to visit because their son's remains are being held by Hamas in Gaza. The absence of a final resting place is being felt by several dozen families as Israel marks its Memorial Day for fallen soldiers, when cemeteries are brimming with relatives mourning over the graves of their loved ones. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Family members and activists carry an empty casket during a mock funeral held ahead of Israel's Memorial Day for Israelis whose remains are being held by Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, near the Israeli parliament building in Jerusalem, Thursday, May 9, 2024. Memorial Day is always a somber occasion in Israel. But in the aftermath of Oct. 7, it has taken on a profound and raw sadness coupled with percolating anger. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Family members and activists carry an empty casket during a mock funeral held ahead of Israel's Memorial Day for Israelis whose remains are being held by Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, near the Israeli parliament building in Jerusalem, Thursday, May 9, 2024. Memorial Day is always a somber occasion in Israel. But in the aftermath of Oct. 7, it has taken on a profound and raw sadness coupled with percolating anger. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

A poster depicting fallen Israeli soldier Itay Chen hangs in an installation representing a tunnel in the Gaza Strip, in Tel Aviv, Wednesday, May 8, 2024. Itay was killed in Hamas' attack on Oct. 7. But unlike scores of other families of soldiers killed that day, the Chens don't have a grave to visit because their son's remains are held captive in Gaza. The absence of a final resting place is being felt acutely now, as Israel marks its Memorial Day for fallen soldiers, when cemeteries are brimming with relatives mourning over the graves of their loved ones. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

A poster depicting fallen Israeli soldier Itay Chen hangs in an installation representing a tunnel in the Gaza Strip, in Tel Aviv, Wednesday, May 8, 2024. Itay was killed in Hamas' attack on Oct. 7. But unlike scores of other families of soldiers killed that day, the Chens don't have a grave to visit because their son's remains are held captive in Gaza. The absence of a final resting place is being felt acutely now, as Israel marks its Memorial Day for fallen soldiers, when cemeteries are brimming with relatives mourning over the graves of their loved ones. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Hagit Chen holds a necklace depicting her son, fallen Israeli soldier Itay Chen, in Tel Aviv, Wednesday, May 8, 2024. Itay Chen was killed in Hamas' attack on Oct. 7. But unlike scores of other families of soldiers killed that day, the Chens don't have a grave to visit because their son's remains are held captive in Gaza. The absence of a final resting place is being felt acutely now, as Israel marks its Memorial Day for fallen soldiers, when cemeteries are brimming with relatives mourning over the graves of their loved ones. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Hagit Chen holds a necklace depicting her son, fallen Israeli soldier Itay Chen, in Tel Aviv, Wednesday, May 8, 2024. Itay Chen was killed in Hamas' attack on Oct. 7. But unlike scores of other families of soldiers killed that day, the Chens don't have a grave to visit because their son's remains are held captive in Gaza. The absence of a final resting place is being felt acutely now, as Israel marks its Memorial Day for fallen soldiers, when cemeteries are brimming with relatives mourning over the graves of their loved ones. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Hagit, left, and Ruby Chen, parents of fallen Israeli soldier Itay Chen, pose for a portrait in Tel Aviv, Wednesday, May 8, 2024. Their son Itay was killed in Hamas' attack on Oct. 7. But unlike scores of other families of soldiers killed that day, the Chens don't have a grave to visit because their son's remains are held captive in Gaza. The absence of a final resting place is being felt acutely now, as Israel marks its Memorial Day for fallen soldiers, when cemeteries are brimming with relatives mourning over the graves of their loved ones. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Hagit, left, and Ruby Chen, parents of fallen Israeli soldier Itay Chen, pose for a portrait in Tel Aviv, Wednesday, May 8, 2024. Their son Itay was killed in Hamas' attack on Oct. 7. But unlike scores of other families of soldiers killed that day, the Chens don't have a grave to visit because their son's remains are held captive in Gaza. The absence of a final resting place is being felt acutely now, as Israel marks its Memorial Day for fallen soldiers, when cemeteries are brimming with relatives mourning over the graves of their loved ones. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Ruby Chen holds a poster of his son, Itay Chen, during a protest near Israel's parliament in Jerusalem, Thursday, March 9, 2024. Itay Chen was killed in Hamas' attack on Oct. 7. But unlike scores of other families of soldiers killed that day, the Chens don't have a grave to visit because their son's remains are being held by Hamas in Gaza. The absence of a final resting place is being felt by several dozen families as Israel marks its Memorial Day for fallen soldiers, when cemeteries are brimming with relatives mourning over the graves of their loved ones. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Ruby Chen holds a poster of his son, Itay Chen, during a protest near Israel's parliament in Jerusalem, Thursday, March 9, 2024. Itay Chen was killed in Hamas' attack on Oct. 7. But unlike scores of other families of soldiers killed that day, the Chens don't have a grave to visit because their son's remains are being held by Hamas in Gaza. The absence of a final resting place is being felt by several dozen families as Israel marks its Memorial Day for fallen soldiers, when cemeteries are brimming with relatives mourning over the graves of their loved ones. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Hagit and Ruby Chen, left, carry an empty casket during a mock funeral for Israelis whose remains are being held by Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, near the Israeli parliament building in Jerusalem, Thursday, May 9, 2024. Their son Itay, a soldier who was killed in Hamas' Oct. 7 attack, is among the more than 30 Israelis whose remains are believed to be in Gaza. The procession came ahead of Israel's Memorial Day, when cemeteries will be brimming with relatives mourning over the graves of their loved ones. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Hagit and Ruby Chen, left, carry an empty casket during a mock funeral for Israelis whose remains are being held by Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, near the Israeli parliament building in Jerusalem, Thursday, May 9, 2024. Their son Itay, a soldier who was killed in Hamas' Oct. 7 attack, is among the more than 30 Israelis whose remains are believed to be in Gaza. The procession came ahead of Israel's Memorial Day, when cemeteries will be brimming with relatives mourning over the graves of their loved ones. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Israeli soldiers and family members visit the graves of fallen soldiers ahead of Israel's annual Memorial Day at Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem, Thursday, May 9, 2024. Israel marks its annual Memorial Day in remembrance of soldiers who died in the nation's conflicts, beginning at dusk Sunday, May 12, until Monday evening, May 13. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Israeli soldiers and family members visit the graves of fallen soldiers ahead of Israel's annual Memorial Day at Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem, Thursday, May 9, 2024. Israel marks its annual Memorial Day in remembrance of soldiers who died in the nation's conflicts, beginning at dusk Sunday, May 12, until Monday evening, May 13. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

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Shaqiri scores stunning goal in Switzerland's 1-1 draw with Scotland at Euro 2024

2024-06-20 09:28 Last Updated At:09:30

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — “Shaq” did it again.

At the age of 32 and having left top-flight European soccer behind to play in MLS, Xherdan Shaqiri is back on the international stage and back scoring again.

His stunning first-half strike secured a 1-1 draw for Switzerland against Scotland at Euro 2024 on Wednesday.

It is the sixth-straight major international tournament in which Shaqiri has scored, dating to the World Cup in 2014.

That’s three World Cups in a row and now three European Championships for the Chicago Fire forward. According to UEFA he is the first player to achieve that feat.

“He proved tonight that he lives and breathes for moments like these,” Switzerland coach Murat Yakin said.

Shaqiri rolled back the years with a first-time curling effort from about 20 meters out at Cologne Stadium.

Scotland led from the 13th minute when Scott McTominay’s shot took a wicked deflection off Fabian Schar to beat Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer.

But Shaqiri pounced on Anthony Ralston’s loose pass in the 26th to even the match with a left-footed shot into the top corner and past Scotland keeper Angus Gunn.

“If that chance falls to any other player in the Swiss team, it’s not a goal,” Scotland manager Steve Clarke said. “You knew when it was rolling towards Shaqiri it was destined for the back of the net. He’s a top, top player, so you don’t give top, top players that kind of chance.”

Shaqiri’s career has seen him play for some of Europe’s most iconic teams, including Bayern Munich, Inter Milan and Liverpool. He joined the Fire two years ago, but in that time has continued to produce for his country on the biggest stage.

“Shaq always gives everything in training,” Switzerland defender Manuel Akanji said. “I don’t know how many other players are able to score that goal.”

The draw leaves Switzerland on four points, second in Group A behind Germany and likely to advance to the round of 16.

Germany became the first nation to advance after a 2-0 win over Hungary earlier in the day.

Scotland’s hopes of making the knockout round depend on its final game against Hungary on Sunday and results elsewhere. No team has failed to advance from the group stage with four points.

Both teams had chances to win the game.

The Swiss should have taken the lead just before the hour mark when Dan Ndoye turned Kieran Tierney on the edge of the box. With just goalkeeper Angus Gunn to beat, Ndoye fired wide of goal.

Grant Hanley then headed against the post from a Scotland free kick and Switzerland’s Zeki Amdouni headed wide at the far post late on.

Scotland has never advanced beyond the group stage of a World Cup or Euros on 11 previous attempts.

But repeated disappointment doesn’t seem to dampen optimism among its fans, who filled Cologne’s square before the game.

Swiss supporters were out in numbers, too, creating a raucous atmosphere in the stadium.

It was certainly a more enjoyable evening for Scotland’s fans than the opening game of the Euros — a 5-1 loss to Germany.

“It was what we expected. It was a good reaction to a disappointing night. We’re still alive in the tournament,” Clarke said.

Goals from Jamal Musiala and İlkay Gündoğan made it two wins from two for host Germany after victory against Hungary and ensured there would be no repeat of its group stage exit from the 2022 World Cup.

Albania substitute Klaus Gjasula scored in the fifth minute of stoppage time to hold World Cup semifinalist Croatia to a 2-2 draw in Group B. Gjasula’s own goal, just four minutes after entering the game in the second half, had looked like handing Croatia the win until his late strike.

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Scotland's Scott McTominay celebrates after Switzerland's Fabian Schar scored an own goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Scotland's Scott McTominay celebrates after Switzerland's Fabian Schar scored an own goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Switzerland's Ricardo Rodriguez, right, fouls Scotland's Billy Gilmour during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Switzerland's Ricardo Rodriguez, right, fouls Scotland's Billy Gilmour during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Scotland's Che Adams reacts during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Scotland's Che Adams reacts during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri, left, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri, left, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri and team mates celebrate their side's equalising goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri and team mates celebrate their side's equalising goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Scotland's goalkeeper Angus Gunn fails to save a shot by Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Scotland's goalkeeper Angus Gunn fails to save a shot by Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri scores his side's opening goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri scores his side's opening goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri, left, celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri, left, celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Scotland's Scott McTominay celebrates after Switzerland's Fabian Schar scored an own goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Scotland's Scott McTominay celebrates after Switzerland's Fabian Schar scored an own goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Scotland's goalkeeper Angus Gunn is unable to stop a shot for a goal by Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (Peter Klaunzer/Keystone via AP)

Scotland's goalkeeper Angus Gunn is unable to stop a shot for a goal by Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (Peter Klaunzer/Keystone via AP)

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates his side's equalising goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates his side's equalising goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

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