IDF to permit non-religious burial with full military honors

The legal adviser to the Defense Ministry Attorney Ahaz Ben-Ari has given instructions to permit non-religious military burial should parents of fallen IDF soldiers request it.

Until now, the families of fallen soldiers could request non-religious burial but such requests were subject to the approval of the IDF rabbinate and could also only be carried out in civilian cemeteries without a military service or honors.

Last August, the Hiddush religious pluralism organization sent letters to Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon and IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkott demanding that an “alternative civilian” burial plot be established in every military cemetery in the country in which non-religious military services or pluralistic military burial could be conducted.


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