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Gaza is not enough - by Arik Diamant
The disengagement plan is not intended to save the lives of the Israeli soldiers stationed in Gaza. Nor is it meant to prevent innocent civilian deaths of those caught in the crossfire of Gaza's crowded refugee camps. The plan is just about making Israel BIGGER.
Different Kinds of Refusal - by Dan Rabinovitz
The generals' and leaders' concept of the dangers of refusal therefore stems more from the socialization process they underwent, as soldiers and as males, in a military world that sanctifies submissiveness and compliance. It would be worth their while to calm down.
Its not refusal. Its obedience - by B. Michael
Those who object to the Occupation have wrestled with their own individual consciences, and have freely and willingly decided not to carry out orders that they believe illegitimate, bearing sole responsibility for possible subsequent punishment that may be imposed upon them by law.
Let Them Refuse - by Gideon Levy
The IDF's monumental failure to provide the country's residents with security does not stem from manifestations of refusal by soldiers; to a certain degree it can be said that it stems precisely from the eagerness of its soldiers to obey every order, even if the order is illegal and immoral.
In the name of Zionist values - by David Zonshein
A decisive majority of the public already recognizes the need to end the occupation. Even the prime minister and the defense minister from the Likud recognize this. After four blood-drenched years, even the army has retracted its position and recognizes that there is no military solution to the terror and violence.
Democracy, obedience and refusal - by Ariel Rubenstein
The Jewish ethos, to the best of my knowledge, does not include reverence for obedience to human beings. Our ethos, like that of many other peoples, I think, is full of heroes who refused to obey. How would you relate to a new hero of Israel who sees evil and injustice, but nevertheless continues to obey because this is the will of the majority?
Bound by their Conscience - Joseph Raz
To me, there is something strange about the approach that views the right to conscientious objection as limited to pacifists, but irrelevant with respect to people whose refusal is not total, people who believe that it is immoral to join a given army only if its actions involve humiliating people, killing them or violating their human rights.
The War's Seventh Day - Michael Ben Yair
Israel's security cannot be based only on the sword; it must rather be based on our principles of moral justice and on peace with our neighbors - those living next door and those living a little further away. An occupation regime undermines those principles of moral justice and prevents the attainment of peace. Thus, that regime endangers Israel's existence.
Apartheid in the Holy Land - by Desmon Tutu
My heart aches. I say why are our memories so short. Have our Jewish sisters and brothers forgotten their humiliation? Have they forgotten the collective punishment, the home demolitions, in their own history so soon? Have they turned their backs on their profound and noble religious traditions? Have they forgotten that God cares deeply about the downtrodden?

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