Bereaved families from Kiryat Bialik were shocked to discover that the sound system at their local military cemetery was not connected properly and therefore, they were not able to hear the memorial ceremony. The Kirayt Bialik Mayor posted an apology on his Facebook page and the Defense Ministry, which organized the ceremony, stated: “The claims will be reviewed and we learn the necessary lessons.”
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The military cemetery sections of three cities are located at the Zur Shalom Cemetery in Kiryat Bialik. In previous years, every city carried out its own private memorial service on Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day) but this year, the three ceremonies were combined into a central service that was organized by the Defense Ministry. A large screen was placed at every military section in order to allow the bereaved families to watch the live ceremony. However, the sound system at the Kiryat Bialik military section was not working properly and the families were forced to watch the ceremony without sound, which upset many bereaved families.
“We stood in front of the big screen embarrassed,” Yael Barket, the daughter of Shlomo Barket who was killed during the First Lebanon War, told Channel 2 Online. “We couldn’t hear the Kaddish or ‘El male rachamim.’ There were no religious or ceremonial aspects, nothing. For me, this is not important but for the bereaved parents, some of whom are getting stronger from ceremony to ceremony, it is really painful. That is why they were outraged.”
Some of the bereaved families channeled their anger at the officials who were at the ceremony, including Kiryat Yam Mayor David Even Zur and Deputy Minister Yaron Mazuz.
“Mazuz came in order to calm the people down, despite the fact that the incident wasn’t his fault,” claimed Barket. “The Kiryat Yam Mayor came in order to comfort the families of his city but he also tried to help.”
In response to the incident, the Kirayt Bialik Mayor posted an apology on his Facebook page. The Defense Ministry stated: “The claims will be reviewed and we learn the necessary lessons.”