The Jerusalem Gift Shop Newsletter: Israel remembers its fallen soldiers and victims of terror

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Israel remembers its fallen soldiers and victims of terror
The Jerusalem Gift Shop
Shalom Anton Chigurh
At 11 a.m., today 8th May, Israelis will be silent for two minutes in memory of 23,741 fallen soldiers and security agents and 3,150 victims of terrorism. Bereaved families are spreading out in the military graveyards accompanied by young soldiers. Since last year, 56 uniformed victims joined the list plus 46 who died of their injuries and 13 victims of terrorist attacks.
A special ceremony takes place at the Jewish Agency compound in Jerusalem to commemorate the victims of anti-Semitism around the world, including those who perished at San Diego and Pittsburgh synagogues.
“Comfort, comfort My people,” says your GOD.
“With gentle words, tender and kind,
Assure Jerusalem... (Isaiah 40:1)
Following is an excerpt from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks at the assembly for Memorial Day for the Fallen of Israel’s Wars at Yad Lebanim in Jerusalem:
“The light of the memorial candle that is being lit today across Israel also shines on the rest of the 364 days of the year. One day versus 364, but they are equally important. It is thanks to our sons and daughters, our fallen loved ones whose memories burn in our souls, that our lives are safeguarded and our country exists. Without them, where would we be? Today we bow our heads and pay our respects to Israel’s 23,741 fallen soldiers: Jews, Druze, Muslims, Christians, Bedouins and Circassians.
To this we add the thousands of victims of terrorist attacks, including the four innocent citizens who were killed earlier this week by rockets fired by terrorists in Gaza. We send our deep condolences to their families. Each person who has fallen makes a wound in our hearts. No one knows this better than you and I, my brothers and sisters. The pain and grief never cease.
Often, I am told by the relatives of the fallen: “After having received the bitter news, we had to learn how to breathe again.” The lump in our throats is there all the time, day and night. There is no clear explanation of how to cope with the loss. On the one hand, we go about our daily lives, and on the other hand, not a day passes without being reminded of the faces of our loved ones, their smiles, the words they said and the things they did – as if they were here with us. But they are not here. And each time we are overcome by memories of them, we once again feel the void and the aching pain.
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