Monday, September 15, 2014

Israel Slams Soldiers Who Say They Won't Be 'Tools to Persecute' Palestinians

Israeli officials denounced 43 reservists for declaring they would no longer serve in the military’s main intelligence unit to protest the government’s policies toward the Palestinians.

The members of Intelligence Unit 8200 sent a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahusaying they refused to “take part in actions against Palestinians” and “continue serving as tools in cementing the military’s control over the Occupied Territories.” The letter, sent last week, singled out the unit’s surveillance of Palestinians, and accused it of collecting information that “is used for political persecution” and “harms innocent people.”

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