December 23rd, 2003

Pandas can't talk

The last honorable men

Thirteen commandos of Israel's elite Sayeret Matkal unit have refused to serve in operations in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, citing human rights abuses against the Palestinian people under the occupation.

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Update: In the credit where it is due file, this is the latest instance where reservists in the Israeli Defense Forces have refused to take part in such operations. Over 500 others have taken similar stances. You can find more information at the Courage to Refuse website.