Gal-On accuses Gantz of discrimination in ceremony

April 11, 2013 19:52

Meretz chief Zehava Gal-On accused the IDF's Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz on Thursday of not planting a flag on the grave of the latest IDF fallen soldier Evgeny Tuluzko, because he was not Jewish.

"Mourning is equally difficult among Jews as it is among non-Jews. It was not necessary to add to the family's grief by through alientation grounded in an ugly discrimination of blood and that contradicts basic democratic principles," Gal-On said. Gal-On added that the fact that the fallen soldier was not Jewish did not "interfere with the state asking him to sacrifice himself for it and after his death to cast him outside of the gates (of the cemetery) and refuse him his final respects."  

Before Remembrance Day for Israel's Fallen Soldiers which will be marked on Monday, it is customary for the Chief of Staff to place a flag in the military graveyard on Mount Herzl on the grave of the last IDF soldier who fell.

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