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"Memorial Day belongs to us all": the first ceremony in memory of IDF martyrs from the Arab sector - Walla! News

2021-04-13T12:14:05.193Z

The event was held at the initiative of the "Arab Association for Each Other" at a one-of-a-kind memorial site, dedicated to the soldiers of Arab society who died in the IDF. Not a defense army for Jews, it is a defense army for Israel "



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"Memorial Day belongs to all of us": the first ceremony in memory of IDF martyrs from the Arab sector

The event was held at the initiative of the "Arab Association for Each Other" at a one-of-a-kind memorial site, dedicated to the soldiers of Arab society who died in the IDF. Not a defense army for Jews, it is a defense army for Israel "

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Yoav Itiel

Tuesday, 13 April 2021, 14:55 Updated: 15:00

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"There is not a day that a bereaved father does not think of his son."

The memorial service in Arara (Photo: Shlomi Gabay)

The Memorial Day ceremony took place today (Tuesday) in the village of Arara in the Triangle, the only memorial site of its kind for Arab society.

At the event, which was initiated by the association "Together responsible for each other", was advocated memory of the fallen soldiers of Arab-Israelis with the rest of Israel's fallen soldiers.



The memorial site "Said tent" located on a hill overlooking Wadi Ara, established resident Yusuf appealed Jaja, the bereaved father of Sergeant Saeed Jaja, who fell at the age of 19 during an operation in the Gaza Strip. The monument reads: "In memory of the boys - Muslim IDF soldiers who fell in the Rafah tunnel disaster in 2004."

At the entrance to the memorial room, the names of the Arab soldiers who fell in Rafah are engraved in Hebrew and Arabic, and the Israeli flag is hung on the wall behind.

On the tombstone next to the monument were engraved the words: "Do not weep mother, do not weep father, Said tent - equality and peace."



"There is not a day that a bereaved father does not think of his son," said Jaja, determined to stick to his son's path.

He believes that Arabs in Israel should volunteer for military service following the events of October 2000 in Wadi Ara.

Jahja says he sent his sons to the IDF to change the prejudice of Israeli Jews towards Wadi Ara, and to convey a message to the Israeli public that all boys should serve and protect the country in which they live.



Said left behind parents, five brothers - Ihab, Muhammad, Ahmad, Hisham Walid, and two sisters - Rosit and Angam. Since the establishment of the state, about 150 Arab-Israeli soldiers have died in the IDF.

Today, about a thousand soldiers from the Arab sector serve in the army.

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"Just as the army belongs to all of us, so does Remembrance Day belong to all of us."

Lorina Khatib at the ceremony, today (Photo: Shlomi Gabay)

The ceremony was also addressed by Major (Res.) Hisham Abu Reya, the first Arab-Muslim officer in the IDF, who emphasized that "in their deaths, they commanded us peace," and Yosef Haddad, CEO, "Together Arabs for each other." The IDF itself is disabled by the Second Lebanon War. The event was moderated by Lorina Khatib, a member of the Druze community from the village of Samia in the Galilee, a graduate of the University of Haifa and a Foreign Ministry employee.



"The IDF is not a defense army for Jews "Haddad said in his speech at the ceremony," Just as the army belongs to all of us, so does Remembrance Day belong to all of us. We paid a very heavy price, together. We will remember each and every soldier, together. "



"It is very exciting to hold the Memorial Day ceremony in Arab society, and to honor the memory of the Arab martyrs within the other martyrs of the Israeli systems and hostilities. This is a sad and painful day for all Israeli society. We all need to bow our heads and remember those heroes who fell for our country. "And make it better and more united. May their memory be blessed, may Allah have mercy on them," Haddad added.

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