A solider with the Kfir Brigade, who refused orders pertaining to the razing of buildings in the illegal West Bank outpost of Migron, was sentenced to 20 days in jail on Tuesday.
This was not the first time in which Kfir Brigade soldiers have been linked to cases involving refusing orders pertaining to settlements and outposts.
The soldier, who serves as a medic with the brigade, was ordered to join IDF and police forces securing Civil Administration officers who were overseeing the demolition of several illegal buildings in Migron over the weekend.
He appealed to his commanders to be excused from the mission, citing conscientious objections. They refused his request and he subsequently refused to take part in the assignment.
The following disciplinary hearing found him guilty of disobeying a direct order.
The soldier, a former yeshiva student, told his comrades that he harbored no ill feelings towards his commanders for issuing the sentence, and understood that "that's the way the system works." He further said that he was proud of his decision and did not regret it.
The soldier reportedly informed his commanders that he would like to be reinstated within the unit once he finished serving his sentence. He was told his request would be reviewed at that time.
The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit issued the following statement: "An investigation into the incident which took place on August 20 derived that the soldier refused orders and was sentenced by his commanders to 20 days in jail.
"It is important to note that the soldier in question was with the auxiliary medical force that was part of the external security force present at the scene, with aim of addressing any medical issues presented by either civilians or security forces.
"The IDF views any incident involving the disobeying of orders as grave and they are met with the appropriate disciplinary action."