"We are standing, and as if we are not there, our pain has no place and we are not given the official opportunity to be partners in commemoration and memory," says Idit Zer Green, the sister of the late Shai Green, who was killed in training accident at Tze'elim in 2000.
On Wednesday, MK Nahmias-Verbin wrote Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman and Director of the Symbols and Ceremonies Committee, Miri Regev, asking that an additional position for bereaved brothers and sisters be added to all official ceremonies.
"This symbolic-ceremonial matter is a true recognition of the great loss that bereaved siblings feel. It is also recognition for the burden of memory that also lies on their shoulders," said Nahmias-Verbin.
Nahmias-Verbin added that while the Defense Ministry's rehabilitation department also offers support to bereaved brothers and sisters, Zer Green has twice notified her of the lack of a official wreaths marking the brothers and sisters mourning their fallen siblings.
(Translated and edited by Fred Goldberg)