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IDF forces near Lebanese border Photo: Avihu Shapira
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4 paratroopers jailed for refusing to clean

Veteran combatants sentenced to 20 days in military prison after refusing to carry out orders usually reserved for less experienced troops

Yoav Zitun
Published: 04.08.12, 23:31 / Israel News

Four combatants from the Paratroopers Brigade's 101st Battalion were sentenced to 20 days in military prison after refusing an order, Ynet learned Sunday. The soldiers were protesting the prolonging of their "rookie status" by four months and refused to carry out various orders including cleaning.

 

Several months before the end of their service, combat soldiers start to enjoy various benefits as "veterans" and are exempt of administrative duties such as cleaning in favor of more complex assignments.

 

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Last week, four combatants stationed near the Lebanese border decided to rebel after they were not declared veterans and announced they will stop performing tasks reserved to "rookies."

 

Battalion Commander Lieutenant-Colonel Alon Madens sentenced the four to 20 days in military prison. It is not clear whether they will regain their combat status.

 

"This punishment is not proportional," one soldier said. He noted that the sever punishment is linked to the recent Givati hazing scandal.

 

The IDF Spokesperson Unit said in response: "The IDF will not tolerate any refusal of orders. IDF soldiers will carry out any task or command they are given regardless of their seniority."

 

 

 

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