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Published Sunday 09/03/2014 (updated) 11/03/2014 10:05
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Israeli teens on Saturday sent a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressing their moral objection to the Israeli army's actions and their intention to refuse enlistment, Israeli media reported.

The Israeli news site Ynet reported that in the letter the teens condemned the army's "war crimes according to international law," citing "executions without trial ... administrative arrests, torture, (and) collective punishments."

"Following our conscience, we cannot take part in a system that commits the aforementioned acts," the letter said.

The teens saw the army's actions as an obstacle to peace between Israelis and Palestinians, according to the report.

Mandy Kretner, one of the authors of the letter, said in a statement that "the army's actions distance us from finding a solution and reaching peace, justice and security."

"The army serves the powerful people in society and not the citizens, who are only a tool," said another of the letter's signatories, Shaked Harari.

"Me and my friends refuse to be cannon fodder," Harari added.

Additionally, the teens decried the army's problematic impact on Israeli society, according to the Ynet report.

Mandatory army service leads "to racism and violence within society and to discrimination based on ethnicity, nationality and gender," the teens noted.

Although the majority of Israeli Jews enlist in the armed forces, every year a small number refuse to serve.
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1 ) Tobias / USA
09/03/2014 17:22
Such a letter is nothing new, where in democratic states like Israel and the USA, we are allowed to disagree with our elected government, but - If "dozens of Israeli teens actually refuse enlistment", - Then dozens will certainly go to Israeli jails (& wreck their futures), and - a few dozen will not be missed in the Israelis army that already has more soldiers than it needs !!!

2 ) Destiny / US
09/03/2014 17:47
Even the smallest number will multiply and the voices of these young people is a voice for humanity. Israelis could learn a lesson from them, your leaders are taking you towards the abyss. If your crimes against the Palestinians don't stop tomorrow humanity will turn against you and it will be all your own doing and not because the Torah was rewritten to suit there agenda by the Rabbis in Babylon.

3 ) Mel / USA
09/03/2014 17:52
Bravo! So it should be!All Jews in Israel & the OPT,are pawns for E/Euro/White Ashkenazi(Class 1 sperm donors)who welcome ALL Jews to Zionist-led Israel AS LONG as they KILL Arabs,populate illegal colonies with Jewish"facts on the ground"& serve 2-3 years compulsory ACTIVE military-service to EXPAND AN ILLEGAL OCCUPATION &land-theft vs millions of indigenous non-Jews! This isn't how ISRAEL is supposed to be.Zionism's DESTROYING Israel's HUMAN link to the world,for future Jews Jews.Zionism=Nazism

4 ) Outlier / USA
09/03/2014 18:50
Any comments from the pro zionist crowd? Lol

5 ) Moshe B. / US
09/03/2014 20:54
Not such a small number, witness the latest batch. May there be many more. Otherwise, racism and militarism will destroy Israel.

6 ) Maureen / Australia
09/03/2014 21:22
Bravo Israeli teens who refuse to be cannon fodder for the Zionist military! Breaking the chain that shackels them to Zionist elitism!

7 ) Kora / Belgium
10/03/2014 00:13
Well done, bravo, they deserve a medal of honour! A credit to the future of the world.

8 ) Colin Wright / USA
10/03/2014 04:44
To Moshe B. #5: 'Otherwise, racism and militarism will destroy Israel.' But Israel without racism and militarism just wouldn't be Israel. What about all your loyal fans?

9 ) Mel / USA
10/03/2014 17:11
"A Jewish home in Palestine built on bayonets and oppression is not worth having"(Hebrew University Rector/Rabbi Judah Magnes;1948;Mount Scopus)Magnes,honorably,courageously spoke out against the "Jewish war machine"to USG after the Dier Yassin massacre &retaliations,and pleaded with D.C. to impose military sanctions on Israel. He saw Israel as a "Balkan State" existing on violence,fear&xenophobia. Prophetic! As said before,radical Zionism is Israel's"toilet"& enemy & will cause its DOWNFALL!

10 ) Snatch / USA
10/03/2014 20:23
The IDF is the great equalizer and is the reason that so many young people from all over the world have integrated and formed a common bond. Needless to say, if Israeli Arabs would enlist, the conflict would be greatly reduced if not eliminated.

11 ) Alec / France
11/03/2014 07:07
It is as well to remember that the majority of Israelis support Zionism and it's rabid philosophy; Ovadia Yosef, former Chief Rabbi of Israel said; "..goyim are like donkeys, born to serve the people of Israel" At Yosef's funeral in 2013 when one million Israelis lined the streets, Prime Minister Netanywhile President Shimon Peres said “When I pressed his hand, I felt I was touching history, and when I kissed his head, it was as though I kissed the very greatness of Israel.
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