|IDF reservist refuses to
fight in Gaza over civilian deaths
By Anshel Pfeffer
An Israel Defense Forces
reserves soldier, taking part in Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip
which entered its 17th day on Monday, has refused to enter the
Hamas-ruled territory along with his unit in protest of the killing of
Of the eight reservists, three have
refused to enter the Strip so far. Two of them arrived at agreements
with their commanders exempting them from fighting with their units.
On Monday it emerged that the soldier has been jailed for 14 days in a
military facility. He was the first soldier to be tried for refusing
orders since the beginning of the operation.
Attorney Michael Sfard, the legal adviser of Omets - a non profit
organization for judicial and social justice - said that since the
beginning of the Israeli offensive on December 27, eight reservists have
sought his advice upon being drafted in the emergency reserves call-up.