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Left-wing activists protest against Rafah incident - Nadav Shragai 20/05/2004
 
 

Hundreds of left-wing activists on Wednesday staged demonstrations in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa in protest over the Rafah attack in which eight Palestinian protestors were killed by the Israel Defense Forces.

The Tel Aviv rally was held across the street from the Ministry of Defense. The protest was organized by the Courage to Refuse group along with other left-wing organizations.

 

The protestors marched from the defense ministry to Masarik Square, waving black flags and signs that read "Philadelphi route - a death trap," and shouting: "This is an army that has lost its moral legitimacy." Ten protestors were arrested in clashes with police forces after they blocked a street. Among those arrested was reserve Captain David Zonenshein - one of the initiators of the officers' letter of refusal to serve in the territories.

 

Dozens of protesters demonstrated near the prime minister's official residence in Jerusalem. In Haifa a few dozen Jewish and Arab protesters held a rally against the Gaza attack, playing out a mock house demolition.

 

Yesha rabbi: IDF allowed to hurt civilians

The chairman of the Yesha rabbinical council, rabbi Dov Lior, on Wednesday said that the Israel Defense Forces are allowed to hurt so called innocent civilians during warfare.

 

"The law of our Torah is to have mercy on our soldiers and to save them. This is the real moral behind Israel's Torah and we must not feel guilty due to foreign morals," he said.

 

A similar ruling was made in the past by rabbi Lior on the backdrop of the fighting at the Jenin refugee camp.

 

Meretz MK Ran Cohen, in response to Lior's statement, said Wednesday that "Dov Lior puts to shame the concept of rabbi, Judaism, Zionism and all of Israel's citizens... woe to us that such a negative element has grown among us, and we should be ashamed that his opinion is accepted and even favored by certain groups in Israel," he said.

 

Link to the article: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/429644.html

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