The officer on whom the soldiers filed their complaints was appointed a few months ago. Relatives of the soldiers testified that the servicemen were feeling mistreated and often "humiliated" by the officer.
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"These are combat soldiers who have been frustrated for a long time and when they turned to their commanders for help, it didn’t change a thing," a source familiar with the case told Ynet.
According to the source, the soldiers were all engaged in very demanding tasks, and were left unmotivated. They complained that the orders they were given pertained to administrative tasks that are more fitting to newly inducted soldiers than to combat soldiers with their level of seniority.
The IDF Spokesperson's Unit stated: "Seven of the battalion soldiers were tried for refusing orders. Their behavior is related to issues of seniority, which go against military orders."
According to the IDF, the brigade has a 'zero tolerance policy' towards refusal of orders, even at the expense of extensive penalties.
In November 2011, Ynet uncovered a similar case, in which 10 Givati soldiers were sent to prison after refusing orders under similar circumstances.
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