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Ahead of Remembrance Day, which begins on Sunday evening, Welfare and Social Services Minister of Isaac Herzog has called on the state to establish a fund to support siblings of soldiers who fell in the line of duty.
According to a statement released from the minister’s office on Saturday, thousands of bereaved brothers and sisters of IDF soldiers have little or no access to the services provided to orphans, widows and parents of those who have died for the country. They barely figure in the national consciousness when it comes to remembering family members who have lost loved ones.
“It is up to the State of Israel to acknowledge these bereaved siblings and relate in some way to their sensitive situation,” Herzog said in a press release. “The time has come to establish a national process to provide assistance to these people.”
Herzog’s call comes in light of the establishment of a committee headed by retired judge Yaakov Shimoni to look into the status of bereaved brothers and sisters.
The committee will research ways to bring the plight of these siblings
to the nation’s attention, look into developing programs for them and
connecting them to the relevant government offices, as well as
encouraging the organizations that deal with other members of such
bereaved families to work with them too. The committee will also look
into drafting legislation to ensure assistance is given to the siblings
on a permanent basis.
Brothers and sisters who wish to appear before the committee and share
their personal stories, insights and feelings are encouraged to do so
via Herzog’s office by calling Yonatan Mattalon at (02) 675-2866.