Haredi community holds memorial ceremony for fallen soldiers

Amid growing incitement, haredi community holds Bnei Brak ceremony commemorating fallen haredi soldiers.

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Haredi gathering in Bnei Brak
Haredi gathering in Bnei Brak
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The Likud’s haredi faction on Monday will be holding a special memorial ceremony.

On Sunday night and Monday, Israel will mark Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism.

The haredi community generally avoids IDF service. Those who enlist often face incitement and violence from extremists within their communities.

This is the second year that members of the haredi faction of the Likud are organizing the ceremony at the Ponevezh Cemetery in Bnei Brak, where a number of fallen haredi soldiers are buried.

Last year, the ceremony was interrupted by haredi extremists who attempted to prevent the ceremony from taking place and proceeded to chase away the majority of the participants.

The ceremony will be attended by Likud Minister Ayoob Kara; Chairman of the Likud’s haredi faction Yaakov Vider; representatives of the IDF’s Military Rabbinate; IDF soldiers and wounded veterans; and bereaved families.

The Zionist organization Im Tirtzu also announced its plans to attend the ceremony, which according to the organization represents a true bridge between different factions of Israeli society.

Vider noted the relevance and importance of the event.

“Specifically now when there is a wave of anti-IDF incitement and violence from extremists within the haredi sector, there is growing importance to remember the haredi soldiers who gave their lives fighting for Israel,” Vider said.

“I am thankful to the Israeli government and to Im Tirtzu for the help, and call on the Israeli public to attend the ceremony and honor the memory of our holy brothers who fell fighting for Israel.”

Im Tirtzu CEO Matan Peleg said, “We salute the brave haredi soldiers of the IDF and together will remember those who gave their lives fighting for the country. These soldiers represent the very essence of unity and serve as a prime example of what it means to be a scholar and a warrior."

The ceremony will take place at 3:30 pm on Monday, May 1st, at the Ponevezh Cemetery in Bnei Brak.