A group of parents to soldiers serving in the IDF published an open letter, in which they declare that they will heartily back their sons and daughters if they decide to refuse to serve in the Occupied Territories.
In the letter, more then 100 parents from all over Israel are stating that they had raised and encouraged their children to be good and caring citizens, to obey the law and to serve in the IDF in order to defend Israel. Those values of civil responsibility, they say, urge them now approach their sons and daughters with this letter, in which they write: "If you decide to refuse immoral commands that contradict your consciences, if you decide not to take part in the occupation's wrongs and the human rights violations, if you decide to thus fight for Israel's democracy and its morality, we will lovingly and proudly stand behind you".
Courage to Refuse welcomes this initiative and emphasizes the importance and the significance of this civil act. As more and more Israeli citizens understand the harm caused to our society by the ongoing occupation, it is expected that more groups will join us in our refusal to take part in it.
Today, when the Israelis are exposed to refusal from the Right as well as from the Left, it's important to unveil the values behind those different kinds of refusal. While the settlers are calling to disobey the law in order to continue the occupation, we are struggling to maintain Israel's democracy and its commitment to its true Jewish values.
To visit the website of the Parent's letter: www.horim.org.il/english