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April 12, 2013

IDF Chief Of Staff Refuses To Place Flag On “Non-Jewish” Soldier’s Grave

IDF Patch cropped“Mourning is equally difficult among Jews as it is among non-Jews. It was not necessary to add to the family’s grief through alienation grounded in an ugly discrimination of blood which also contradicts basic democratic principles…[the fact that Tuluzko was not halakhicly Jewish] did not hinder the state from asking him to sacrifice himself for its sake. Yet upon his death [the state] casts him ‘beyond the fence’ [of the cemetery] and refuses to pay him his final respects.”

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IDF Chief Of Staff Refuses To Place Flag On “Non-Jewish” Soldier’s Grave
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com

In the run-up to Israel’s Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers which takes place Monday, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz shocked the country when he failed to place the customary Israeli flag on the grave of the last soldier to be killed defending Israel when he visited Israel’s national military cemetery on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem yesterday, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Gantz did not place the flag on the grave of Evgeny Tuluzko because Tuluzko was not Jewish under halakha (Orthodox Jewish law). Instead, Glantz put the flag on a different soldier's grave in the Jewish section of the cemetery.

The head of the left wing Meretz Party Zehava Gal-On attacked Glantz.

“Mourning is equally difficult among Jews as it is among non-Jews. It was not necessary to add to the family’s grief through alienation grounded in an ugly discrimination of blood which also contradicts basic democratic principles,” Gal-On reportedly said, noting that the fact that Tuluzko was not halakhicly Jewish “did not hinder the state from asking him to sacrifice himself for its sake. Yet upon his death [the state] casts him ‘beyond the fence’ [of the cemetery] and refuses to pay him his final respects.”

An IDF statement issued in response to the furor over Glantz's actions said that IDF procedures have now been updated to reflect the fact that the chief of staff will place the flag on the grave of the last fallen soldier, no matter the soldier's religion, race or gender.

Hundreds of thousands of Israelis, many immigrants from the former Soviet Union and their children, are not Jewish under Orthodox Jewish law, which requires that at the very least a person’s mother must be Jewish for that person to be Jewish. One male Jewish grandparent or a Jewish father is not enough to convey Jewishness under that system.

[Hat Tip: Seymour.]

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Poor Evgeny Tuluzko probably does not care less. He alas is in the ground. But you would think dying whilst in service defending the state would grant you some respect in death, or are some lives worth more than others...

I guess the last full measure of devotion isn't valid if you don't meet the standards of God's self-appointed representatives on earth. Sad. And telling.

And anyway, how would the IDF Chief of Staff know about 1 soldier's level of Jewishness?

Just after Gilad Shalit was captured on June 25th 2006 I said to many people...

"If the State of Israel thinks Gilad is expendable, G-d will make the State of Israel expendable."

. . . there are differences even amongst those of us who share the same parents. But to remain "humble" in all situations is what separates those who will fall separate and apart from those who rises by evolving. Nesessarily, we neee both. However, those living amongst us whose choice it is to fall, the responsibility of falling remains squarly on their shoulders. It is the call of that specific individual. . . it is no mere over sight to not recognize those who have sacrificed their greatest posession (their life) for the cause; but more so, it is a spirit of willful intent to harm. As the law of recripical action suggests, there will be yet another opportunity to do it right. And to our fallen soldier, if your deed has been pure then thank you Evgeny Tuluzko, for giving humbly you life to the cause of those who still as yet, cannot discern the tree from the forrest.

they changed their mind since & changed the 'rule'.
nevertheles, this was and still is a very, very shameful and undignified incident.
no excuse, the -often embarassing- religion couldn't care less where a flag is planted.

So he was Jewish enough to give his life for Israel but not Jewish enough to be recognized for it. Who needs this nonsense?

WTF! It's a goddamned FLAG - ie: symbol of a country, a state - not of a religion. There are Israelis of multiple religious faiths. Would this fool of a general have refused this honor to a Christian or Arab killed in the line of duty or is it only a Jew whose bloodline he somehow considers not pure enough to whom he denies this honor? Achtung, mein Fuhrer! I have denied the filthy not-quite-Jew the simplest of honors. Homeland for all Jews - yeah, right. Sickening.

I'm pretty sure that had it been Druze or Muslim Arab or Christian or Cherkassian the IDF chief of staff Gantz would put the flag on his grave.

However, when the people of patrelinial Jewish descent are concern the secular Jewish establishment of Israel show themselves as the most disgusting racists.

Gantz must resign.

Gantz visits last IDF casualty's family, apologizes

Chief of staff apologizes to Yevgeny Tolochko's family after uproar over placing IDF flag on Jews' graves only; IDF Spokesperson: Protocol to change

Yoav Zitun Published: 04.15.13, 15:12 (Ynet)

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