Israeli soldiers salute after placing their national flag on graves at the military cemetery in Jerusalem
Israeli soldiers salute after placing their national flag on graves at the military cemetery on the Mount of Olives overlooking the old city of Jerusalem, May 2011. Israel's army has dropped references to God in a text read at a ceremony honouring fallen soldiers, a military official said, following pressure from secular families. © Menahem Kahana - AFP/File
Israeli soldiers salute after placing their national flag on graves at the military cemetery in Jerusalem
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Last updated: August 5, 2011

Israel drops reference to God in army text

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 that in many army units the text had been changed to the word "Yitzkor," which calls on God to remember the fallen troops.

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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