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Families and friends of more than 1500 war dead for the first time went to visit the graves of their beloved, graves dug on temporary military cemeteries all over Israel. At Mishmar Hanegev, a kibbutz in the vicinity of Beersheba, more than 300 soldiers, killed in action along the Suez Canal and in the Sinai fighting, were buried. Today, on the 30th day after the outbreak of the Yom Kippur War, the Ministry of Defence arranged for the official mourning ceremony and the Chief Rabbi of the Israel Defence Forces, General Piron, recited the prayer for the dead. Several of those present could not stand the excitement and women fainted and were taken care of in a Red Star of David tent. After another 11 months the families will have the choice of deciding to leave their next of kin buried where they are or have them transferred to cemeteries nearer to their place of residence. More memorials is other cemeteries will be held on the next days.
The "Citizens against Surrender" committee, a group of Israelis and new immigrants, not affiliated to any party, decided to mount a silent vigil outside the PH's Office in Jerusalem, a vigil which might last for three days or more. At the same time these people are soliciting signatures on a petition, to be sent to Mrs. Meir, in which they call on the Government of Israel to make no more concessions to Kissinger or the Arabs, not to permit food to go to the Egyptian 3rd Army and to revenge the murder of Israeli POWs, bound and shot from the back by the retreating Syrians in the North by making the Defence Forces win this war. "The people and the Army of Israel are stronger than the government" said one of the posters, carried by the pickets. The committee members also demand a National Government in view of the fateful decisions to be taken probably in the near future.
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the footage shot at the cemetery was shot by Martin Fletcher
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