A few months ago a small group of people who are opposed to Courage to Refuse petitioned to the Israeli Supreme Court with a request to close down the movement, claiming its activities were illegal.
The State of Israel replied to this appeal today, dismissing the charges and explaining why CTR's activities are a legitimate part of the Israeli Democracy. The State's answer presented by Attorney General Menachem Mazuz and the Registrar of Non-Profit organizations Ruth Shalgi stressed that there are no grounds for closing down the NPO.
A day earlier, (and in a totally different circumstances) the AG said in a meeting that no criminal proceedings will be launched against those who call for refusal. The meeting, convened by the AG Mazuz, was also attended by Shin Bet security service director Avi Dichter, Israel Defense Forces Judge Advocate General Menachem Finkelstein, police representatives and senior Justice Ministry and State Prosecution officials. It was summoned following the radicalization of Right Wingers' statements, some of which called for acts of violence. The decision made on the meeting was that criminal proceedings will be launched in cases of incitement to violence. Following both events, Courage to Refuse expressed its satisfaction from the state's ability to distinguish between those who act for the sake of democracy and those who act against it. "However", said the refuseniks, "Israelis should still be deeply concerned. Not by our refusal to serve in the Occupied Territories, but by the reasons that brought us, IDF's combatants and officers, to take such a difficult step"