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January 16, 2017 2:55 pm

IDF Marks Martin Luther King Day With Video of Soldiers Spreading Civil Rights Leader’s Message of Compassion

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

In honor of Martin Luther King Day on Monday, the Israel Defense Forces produced a video clip reiterating the assassinated civil rights leader’s message of choosing compassion over hatred.

In the clip, seven IDF soldiers, each in turn, says part of the following: “Dr Martin Luther King once said, ‘Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. This is the judgement. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?'”

Though King never visited the Jewish state he once said in an interview: “The whole world must see that Israel must exist and has the right to exist, and is one of the great outposts of democracy in the world.”

A street in Jerusalem’s German Colony neighborhood is named after King.

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  • Reb_Yaakov

    The word “of” is missing between “light” and “creative.” “Judgment” is preferably spelled without an “e” in the middle.

    His words reflect one of the most important values of both Judaism and Christianity, a value from which modern society has increasingly distanced itself.

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