Gov´t honors Anglo brothers on Remembrance Day (JERUSALEM POST) By LAHAV HARKOV 04/25/12)
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The government honored two Anglo brothers who made aliya and fell
during their IDF service in Tuesday night’s Remembrance Day ceremony
at the Knesset.
As a part of the official memorial ceremony, a short documentary was
aired about Adam and Gideon Weiler, who immigrated to Israel from
Johannesburg with their parents and four siblings in 1957 and were
killed in the War of Attrition and the Yom Kippur War, respectively.
Maj. Adam Weiler enlisted in the IDF in 1962, and interrupted studies
at the University of Sussex to return to Israel and fight in the Six
Day War in 1967. He was killed in 1970 at age 26, while serving as a
tanks company commander near the Suez Canal.
Maj. Gideon Weiler enlisted in the IDF in 1968, joining the Armored
Corps, like his brother.
When Adam was killed in the War of Attrition, Gideon was made a tanks
instructor, but was moved to fight in the Golan Heights in the Yom
Kippur War. Gideon was killed at age 23, on the third day of the Yom
Kippur War, in a battle with Syrian tanks.
Another documentary was aired about Gad Marsheh, who made aliya from
Ethiopia in 1981 and served as the first Jewish tracker in the IDF.
He died in 2000 at age 29, while trying to neutralize a bomb in
Over 3,000 people gathered in the third annual national Remembrance
Day ceremony at the Knesset, titled “Singing in their Memory.” The
ceremony was held in the plaza in front of the Knesset, and sponsored
by the Knesset, Defense Ministry and Welfare and Social Services
In addition to documentaries about the fallen, the ceremony at the
Knesset featured singers David Broza, Udi Davidi, Lior Narkis,
Netanella, Kabra Kasai and Pablo Rosenberg performing classic Israeli
songs in honor of those who died in battle. IDF bands and Chief IDF
Cantor Shai Abramson joined in the performances.
Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Welfare
and Social Services Minister Moshe Kahlon, Deputy IDF Chief of Staff
Yair Naveh, Police Commissioner Insp.-Gen Yohanan Danino and others
read poetry by and about fallen soldiers, and told the stories behind
each one. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 04/25/12)
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