Thursday, September 25, 2003

Israeli Reservists Protest

According to Haaretz, the reservists who signed a letter stating their refusal to attack civilian areas in the occupied territories are being disciplined. If they don't recant, they will be dismissed from the service. Incidents like this are fairly common in the Israeli military, but I don't think I've ever really commented on it before. I think the actions of both sides are justified. Protests like this can help ensure that the Israeli public remains aware of the controversial policies in the territories, and certainly individual conscience and decisions about the greater good are also important. At the same time, any military needs to retain discipline in the ranks, and stating a refusal to disobey orders is definitely not something one should tolerate. So the soldiers, having made their point, will probably go in peace.


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