IDF solider refuses evacuation
"I didn't enlist in the IDF in order to destroy communities or prepare the ground for the destruction of communities." [sic]
There has been a morally commendable movement in Israel to refuse service in the West Bank and Gaza. It's members have endured scorn and threats from the public, and been jailed routinely and repeatly. Still, does anyone remember a time, in the long history of the occupation, in all the litany of murders and beatings, preganant women dead at checkpoints, kidnappings, human shields, and the destruction of homes, when a Jewish solider has stood up on the spot and denounced the immorality of what they were doing?
"He's a human being. He saw that his commanders were beating Jews, and he'd never seen anything like that in his life. He did not do this because of politics. He did it because he is sensitive, and because he cares, just like you would care if you saw someone beating someone else."
Yes, he'd never seen anything like that in his life. No sir. He is sensitive. He cares. Just like you would care if you saw someone beating someone else. Just hypothetically, mind.
This is very traumatic, this never-before-seen phenomenon of people being arrested and beaten and their homes destroyed. So much so, the IDF has hired dozens of psycologists to help their caring, sensitive soliders cope with the trauma.No, I'm not kidding.
What is hateful to you, do not do to others. That is the entire Law:
all the rest is commentary. --Talmud Shabbat
[ 27 June 2005: Message edited by: rsfarrell ]