Teens: We will not join IDF
Group of teens draft petition calling on country’s youth not to enlist in the army, as it “fights its own people and thus strengthens the terrorists; petition says, ‘I will object to serving in an army that expelled Jews from their homes, that burned down synagogues and yeshivas
During the disengagement fears arose that youngsters who confronted the security forces would have an affect on the rest of the nation’s teens who opposed the move and the army’s conduct during the operation. Now a group of teens from all across the country have drafted a petition calling on the country’s youth not to enlist in the army, as it “fights its own people and thus strengthens the terrorists.”
“I hereby declare that even though I have reached the age of recruitment to the IDF, I will object to serving in an army that expelled Jews from their homes, that burned down synagogues and yeshivas, that destroyed the lives of 15,000 Jews in the Land of Israel,” the petition says.
“Therefore, at the IDF recruitment center I will announce: I have no motivation to serve in an army that fights my Jewish brothers. I will not serve in the IDF.”
Netanya resident Ronny Kahane, 18, is one of those who initiated the idea.
“So far 100 teens have signed the petition, but we expect some 5,000 more to sign within a month,” he said.
“According to IDF law, a lack of motivation to serve in the army is reason enough to request an exemption. That is how I received mine. We are not joining an army that banished our people; we will not wear the green uniform. This will be proven when thousands from all across the country sign (the petition).”
The initiators plan to distribute the petition directly and via the internet.
The initial information was obtained by Red Email