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Sunday, 7 August 2011

Israel drops reference to god in army text

© AFP/File Menahem Kahana
JERUSALEM (AFP) - (AFP) - Israel's army has dropped references to God in a text read at a ceremony honouring fallen soldiers, a military official said on Friday, following pressure from secular families.

The relatives of some dead soldiers had protested against the fact that in many military units, the so-called Yitzkor text had been changed to be given a religious sense.

The original text called on "the people of Israel" to keep the soldiers in their memories.

The decision to revert back to the original text was taken by a military commission appointed by the army chief of staff, Lieutenant General Benny Gantz.


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