Israeli soldier refuses duty in Lebanon war
Published Jul 25, 2006 10:39 PM
Refusal by members of an oppressor army to
fight against an oppressed people usually begins only after the oppressed have
shown they are courageous and competent fighters. Hezbollah’s resistance
to Israel’s attacks has already borne fruit.
On July 19, the first
Israeli to refuse that country’s criminal invasion of Lebanon went public.
Staff Sgt. Itzik Shabbat refused his emergency order to report for reserve duty
in the occupied territories. The reserve troops are aimed at replacing combat
troops in the standing army for duty in southern Lebanon, where the Israeli
Defense Forces have met stronger than expected resistance from Hezbollah and
other defenders of Lebanese territory.
All Israeli Jews, women and men,
are subject to military conscription. Men are also required to spend one month a
year in the reserves until they are 50 years old.
Shabbat, who is a
television producer in his civilian life in the Israeli settler state, said in a
statement to the newspaper Haaretz, referring to Hezbollah’s rockets:
“I know people will attack me and ask how could I not take part in this
war when Qassams are falling on my hometown and Katyushas on the towns in the
north. In my opinion, only this type of opposition that I’ve chosen will
put an end to the madness that is going on now and will shatter the false
feeling that the entire home front supports this unnecessary war that is based
on deceptive considerations.”
He added: “Someone has to be the
first to break the silence and it will be me. It is a shame that my order was
signed by another Sderot resident, Defense Minister Amir Peretz.” Shabbat,
who is also a resident of Sderot, told Haaretz he has already informed his
commander and other officers in the unit of his intentions and is prepared to
face the consequences.
Shabbat has a prior history of refusing to serve in
the occupied territories. He was imprisoned 28 days for this. He was also one of
those who signed a petition put out by the refusal movement, Courage to Refuse.
Haaretz reported that his decision not to report at the present time is
“not connected with the need to relieve a unit in the territories but
rather with his opposition to the war in Lebanon.”
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