Prison Service´s fallen to be included in Yizkor prayer (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Yoav Zitun Published: 04.01.12, 15:09)
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Defense minister approves recommendation to include fallen IPS
members in Yizkor prayer used at military memorial ceremonies
Defense Minister Ehud Barak approved Sunday a recommendation to
include fallen Israeli Prison Service members in the Yizkor
(remembrance) prayer used at military memorial ceremonies
Barak okayed the recommendation of a special committee set up to
determine whether to include the IPS fallen in the Yizkor prayer. The
committee was made up of 29 representatives including bereaved
"Adding the IPS fallen to the Yizkor prayer is part of legislation we
are promoting on the issue of military cemeteries," Barak explained.
"The Defense Ministry, with the help of the Department of
Commemoration, has been preparing for Remembrance Day ceremonies and
will continue to support the bereaved families as we have done
throughout the year," he added.
Yad Lebanim Chairman Eli Ben Shem called the decision "inevitable,"
adding: "For years now the police, Mossad, Shin Bet fallen have been
illegally buried in plots intended for Israel´s fallen. So, as part
of the arrangement and recognition, they are also included in the
Yizkor. It´s a tough decision but it´s logical."
Last summer, there was a controversy surrounding the Yizkor prayer
version used at military memorial ceremonies. It was reported then
that IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz ordered the wording to be revised
to "God remembers his sons and daughters" instead of the
current "Israel remembers its sons and daughters," sparking a torrent
of enraged responses by bereaved families.
Thousands signed a petition objecting the change and the issue was
brought before a special committee. The committee, established to
determine whether the word ´Israel´ should be replaced by the
word ´God´ in the Yizkor prayer, decided to leave the prayer as is.
"We must sound the official Yizkor, which is aimed especially at the
people of Israel and expresses values of culture and Israel
remembrance," the committee wrote. Aviel Magnezi contributed to this
report (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 04/01/12)
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