[ View the story "Is there room for objection in Israel?" on Storify] Is there room for objection in Israel? The Stream examines the consequences for Israelis who speak out.
The Stream· Thu, Sep 18 2014 21:28:09
On September 11, forty-three reservists from Unit 8200 signed a
to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other military leaders stating their refusal to serve in the military over what they called the "political persecution" of Palestinians.
The reservists assert the reasons for writing the letter in
The Guardian interview below.
Israeli intelligence agents: 'we routinely targeted innocent Palestinians' | Guardian Docstheguardian
is the Israeli military’s largest unit. They are responsible for both internal
and foreign intelligence gathering.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
the letter as "baseless slander" and went on to say "this is an act that should be condemned…and that constitutes political exploitation of the Israeli Defense Forces".
Israel's defense minister, Moshe Ya'alon,
Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz to deal with the 43 reservists "as if they were common criminals".
Online, there was a mixture of reactions to the contents of the letter:
Israel's #Unit8200 refuseniks are following the path laid out by Edward Snowden. Just say no to surveillance.Jason Ditz
So proud of #Unit8200 veterans in Israel who are speaking out against surveillance of innocent Palestinians. This is the Israel we like.Eva Blum-Dumontet
@AJStream they must still be conscripted into the Israeli army. Israel needs them. To defend it from Hamasato sneed
Israeli Labor MK Shelly Yechimovich slammed the reservists on her
Translation: Your defamatory words on directed bugging of ‘sexual conversations,’ and other nonsensical things have no link to reality. You are falsely slandering the other members of your unit. On Saturday, I spoke with a number of them, men no less moral than you. They feel ridicule and anger towards you. They told me that if you really participated in such an unusual and ugly event, of dimming the lights and listening as a group to intimate calls, why did you not just stop the bug in real time?
Earlier this year, 19-year-old Israeli Udi Segal refused being drafted into
the military and was sentenced to 20 days in military prison.
Udi Segal - Israeli Refusenikal-Mouvan Productions
The Stream community voiced their opinions.
US: "Israel has a right to defend herself. We give billions for her to terrorise."
US: "We don't negotiate with terrorists, we arm them."Rachel Michelé Green
@AJStream I think the isreali soldiers are beginning to see what they re doing is inhumaneJTOWN's Finest™
@AJStream I think they are setting the bar high on #integrity for people on both sides, be it Israelis or Palestinians #Palestine #IsraelIyad Afalqa™
@AJStream it's a start but I highly doubt it will change anything inside the Israeli military apparatusTamar G