Ten Israeli soldiers
choose jail over Gaza
12 / 01 / 2009
Bethlehem – Ma’an – at least ten soldiers have
opted for prison terms rather than going through
with their deployment.
The refusals would be the first of their kind since
Israel launched its massive air, sea and ground
assault on the Gaza Strip,
On "conscience’s grounds," the soldiers refused
orders to head to the Gaza Strip, they said.
Preferring a 14-day prison stint and rounding
criticism from fellow soldiers and society at large,
at least ten are awaiting trial for violations of
orders. One said he simply could not go through with
No'em Levna, a first lieutenant in Israel's army,
refused to serve in Gaza, saying, "We killed 900
Palestinians in 17 days, including hundreds of
"If violence must be used, it should be used
minimally, and that isn't what’s happening," he
added. "Killing innocent civilians cannot be
justified. Nothing justifies this kind of killing.
"It is Israeli arrogance based on logic. It’s
saying, 'if we hit more, everything will be okay,'"
he said. "But the hatred and anger we are planting
in Gaza will rebound on us."