On Sunday night, Haredi Rabbis and Jews in Bnei Brak took part in a Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day) ceremony for fallen soldiers.Jewish Press Staff
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Prime Minister Netanyahu has praised the 23,169 IDF soldiers who have died in Israel’s wars.
“You are our heroes,” said Netanyahu in his address to the opening ceremony at tonight’s Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day) ceremony. The prime minister. who lost his brother Yoni Netanyahu during the Entebbe rescue mission in July, 1976, then paraphrased the Book of Psalms “It is certainly very hard, perhaps impossible, to convey to someone who hasn’t experienced it the size of the grief, the strength of the shock that gripped us, the feelings of loss that filled us at the graves of our loved ones. “There we sat down, there we cried as we remembered our loved ones,” said the prime minister.Avi Tuchmayer
For 40 years, the family of Tzion Tayib have been fighting for proof their son was killed in the Yom Kippur war and it is his body that is buried in the Har Herzl military cemetery, according to a report on Galei Tzahal (Army Radio).
Tayib’s position on the Hermon mountain was overrun in the first days of the Yom Kippur war by Syrian commandos, where Tayib served as a communications specialist, according to a detailed report on Walla.
From that position, a number of soldiers were declared missing, and 11 months later the IDF declared them dead.
According to the court papers released by the Supreme Court, the IDF claimed that they learned from captured Syrian soldiers the location of Tayib’s body, and they recovered it, confirmed his identity, and buried it.
The body of Tzion Tayib was buried without the family being present, and they were later informed that he had been buried.
The family, from the beginning claimed the IDF did not do enough to positively confirm the identify of Tayib, and it was lying to them. They felt there were discrepancies in the versions told to them.
The IDF said it had 100% confirmed that Tayib was dead and buried in his grave.
Twenty years ago, when DNA testing became reliable, the family asked that the body be exhumed to confirm that it was Tayib who was buried in the Har Herzl military cemetery, but the IDF refused.
Three months ago, the family turned to the Bagatz (Israel’s Supreme Court) for permission to exhume and test the body.
In February, the Supreme Court responded that the IDF’s presented sufficient proof that it was Tzion Tayib who was buried there, and did not grant permission to the family.
The family then decided to take action on their own.
On Friday, when the cemetery was busy with preparations for Memorial Day, the family entered the cemetery with two doctors, one of them a pathologist, as well as a tombstone maker. They carefully removed the tombstone and began digging.
They did not find the body of Tzion Tayib. They did not find any body at all in the grave.
They videoed all the evidence, and then restored the grave and tombstone so that no one visiting their lost ones during the day would be disturbed by the site of an open grave.
As can be expected, this has caused a major scandal in Israel.
During the Yom Kippur war, when many soldiers were killed in terrible battles, sometimes, such as in the case of burnt out tanks, there was very little, if anything left to bury. But in those cases, the IDF privately informed the families that they were burying an empty coffin, or were burying a tank unit together, whose parts weren’t individually identifiable.
In this case, the IDF fought the family for 40 years, claiming it did bury the Tzion Tayib’s body.
What happens next remains to be seen.
From the Ministry of Defense Yizkor site:Shalom Bear
Families of victims of terror have sent a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu asking him to stay away from Memorial Day ceremonies at the Mt. Herzl military cemetery.
The Israeli national holiday of Yom Hazikaron — Israel’s Memorial Day — falls on the fourth day in the Hebrew month of Iyar, which this year is Sunday, May 4.
“Please spare us and other families of the victims of terror from your speech this year,” reads the letter drafted by bereaved parents Yossi Tzur and Ron Kerman.
“Please do not come to the ceremony on Mt. Herzl and please do not speak.
“Since last year’s ceremony you released murderers three times. Three times that you tore at our hearts and ripped at our flesh! If we were really that important and you really joined us in our grief, you would have had the ability to prevent us from suffering once again for nothing.
“We’ve heard plenty of cliches, slogans and hollow promises in your speeches. You do not mean a word of it and we no longer believe in you and any word you say. Your words will fall on deaf ears; leave us alone and let us be together in peace and dignity with our loved ones.”Hana Levi Julian
I have been searching for the answer to this question…who did they kill…those 104 we are about to release? I know of a mother and her three children; I know of a grandfather stabbed in the back. I don’t know all the names but it is for these we weep today – once killed by Palestinian terrorists, today betrayed again by the government and the justice system in Israel.
Today, for these we weep…knowing that tomorrow…there will be…there will be…others.I got this on Facebook with the following note:
Look Into These Eyes….Men, Women, Parents, Grandparents, Children, Grandchildren, Infants, Soldiers, Asheknazi, Sefardic, Jews and Non Jews, Religious and Secular.
These precious faces haven’t smiled since vicious murderers stabbed, shot, kidnapped and murdered them. The Government has just agreed to release the spineless animals who murdered the people you are looking at. The Israeli Government did this as a prerequisite to have the ‘privilege’ to sit and discuss ‘peace’ with a people who continues to call for our destruction.
Who could demand such an insane request from us? I don’t forget all the good America has done for me and my people, but today… today is a brand new day. Yesterday doesn’t exist and tomorrow isn’t here yet. Today I live in a country that feels humiliated, confused and betrayed.
Look into their eyes… and imagine the agony of those who love them still and forever…
Visit A Soldier’s Mother.Paula Stern
New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner passed up the annual Memorial Day parade in his former Queens district on Sunday in order to speak at a half-empty church.
“I was, like, ‘Where’s Weiner?!’” Forest Hills resident Frankie Esposito told the New York Post. “I figured he’d come out to see his constituents. I don’t know if I support him as mayor. Taking a shot of his package and sending it out is questionable judgment for a public figure.”
While mayoral candidate Christine Quinn basked in the limelight along with Queens residents who were marching in the parade, Weiner was preaching, or more accurately, confessing in church. He spokes about his sexting scandal at a half-empty church in St. Albans, Queens, where he told 35 listeners, “I’ve made mistakes and done things that might make people say, ‘You know what? I will never trust that guy again. I will never vote for him in 100 years.’ And I get that, too. But in the course of the last two years, I’ve had some incredible blessings.” He cited his forgiving wife and his 17-month-old child who he said “doesn’t care much about the stuff that I’ve been through.”Jewish Press News Briefs
A Texas state official spoke at a Memorial Day service and quoted a Jewish chaplain’s dedication of a temporary cemetery on Iwo Jima in World War II.
Jerry Patterson, the state’s Land Commissioner and candidate for Lieutenant Governor, said that whenever he speaks at a Memorial Day service, he quotes Lt. Roland B Gittlesohn, a Jewish chaplain who spokes on March 21, 1945 at the dedication of a temporary cemetery on the island of Iwo Jima for Marine and Navy personnel killed during that battle.
“Here lie men who loved America because their ancestors generations ago helped in her founding and other men who loved her with equal passion because they themselves or their own fathers escaped from oppression to her blessed shores,” the chaplain was quoted as saying.
“Here lie officers and men, blacks and whites, rich men and poor — together. Here are Protestants, Catholics and Jews — together. Here no man prefers another because of his faith or despises him because of his color. Here there are no quotas of how many are allowed. Among these men there is no discrimination.
“No prejudices. No hatred.
“Theirs is the highest and purest democracy.”Jewish Press News Briefs