Livni stresses Israel's commitment to equality at Druse Remembrance Day ceremony

"The equality that death created between the fallen Druse and Jewish soldiers is the equality we are committed to also in life," minister says.

May 5, 2014 14:03
Justice Minister Tzipi Livni

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni 370. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)


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Justice Minister Tzipi Livni spoke on Remembrance Day on Monday at the state ceremony for fallen Druse soldiers in the town of Usfiya where she stressed Israel's obligation to treat its citizens equally.

"All of the fallen were brothers, our brothers. They were members of all religions and ethnicities, from all over the country, and they fought shoulder to shoulder. 

"Just as our enemies did not distinguish between the soldiers and only looked for the IDF uniform or the Israeli identity card, so we must refuse to distinguish between Israeli citizens," Livni said.

"The equality that death created between the fallen Druse and Jewish soldiers is the equality we are committed to also in life because equality is one of Israel's basic values," the justice minister said.

Presidential candidate and Likud MK Reuven Rivlin spoke at the Remembrance Day ceremony in another Druse village, Beit Jann.

"On this day, we are all one body suffering from the same wounds. We find strength in our deep bond that is anchored in the IDF and its Jewish, Druse, Beduin, new immigrant, and veteran-Israeli soldiers," he added.

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