Monday, December 22, 2003

Elite Israeli Commandos Refuse to Serve in Palestinian Territories: "Fifteen members of the Israeli army's top commando unit have written to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon refusing to carry out missions in the Palestinian territories, private television reported. "We will no longer corrupt the stamp of humanity in us through carrying out the missions of an occupation army... in the past, we fought for a justified cause (but today), we have reached the boundary of oppressing another people."

"According to the report, 15 reservists from the elite Sayeret Matkal unit, said they would no longer participate in the 'rule of oppression' and the defense of Jewish settlements in the Palestinian territories. 'We will no longer give our lives to the rule of oppression in the territories and to the denial of human rights to millions of Palestinians and we will no longer serve as a defensive shield for the settlements,' the television quoted the letter as saying... The letter was likely to send shockwaves through the defense establishment due to the seniority of the unit"

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