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Fourteen Soldiers


URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/world/article/fourteen_soldiers_20020419

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10 -- By the end of the day, we got the official news. It's hard to describe what 14 soldiers killed means in a country like this. Every soldier killed here is an enormous loss -- this is a small country. The news carries stories about him, his family and often, why they made aliyah and from where. Funerals, unless the family requests otherwise, are covered on the news. The hourly news announces the location and time of each funeral across the entire nation -- it's at moments like those that one feels that living here isn't a matter of being a citizen of a certain country, but rather, of being part of an extended family. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10 -- By the end of the day, we got the official news. It's hard to describe what 14 soldiers killed means in a country like this. Every soldier killed here is an enormous loss -- this is a small country. The news carries stories about him, his family and often, why they made aliyah and from where. Funerals, unless the family requests otherwise, are covered on the news. The hourly news announces the location and time of each funeral across the entire nation -- it's at moments like those that one feels that living here isn't a matter of being a citizen of a certain country, but rather, of being part of an extended family.

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