Hundreds of demonstrators protested at the Kissufim Checkpoint last Friday.
The Kisufim demonstration is an initiative of Courage to Refuse – the 583 IDF’s active reserve combatants who refuse to serve in the occupied territories. The pilots who signed The Pilots’ Letter and the soldiers of Sayaeret Matkal who signed The Commandos’ Letter have joined them in this initiative, which is the first in a planned ongoing cooperation between the groups.
In addition, several bereaved parents joined the rally, spoke against the occupation and called: “Bring the boys back home”.
The choice of Kisufim checkpoint as the demonstration site is symbolic: Many IDF’s soldiers were killed during the past 3 years in Gaza strip, merely for the purpose of securing secluded and disputable settlements.
The event was covered extensively by the Israeli press (see Haaretz), as well as by several European radio and TV stations.