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A Battalion Doctor in Regular Service Refuses to Serve in Gaza Strip 20/07/2004
 
 

A 28 years old battalion doctor was sent to 35 days of imprisonment after refusing to take part in IDF's incursion to the town of Bet Hanum in Gaza Strip. Lieutenant T, a physician in a regular service in the armored corps, was about to be sent with his battalion to an ongoing activity in the Palestinian town of Bet Hanun.

 

The officer told his commanders that he won't participate in the operation, since it is contradictory to the oath he took as a doctor and to the IDF's values. According to his commanders, Dr T's refusal followed his discontent from IDF's "Rainbow" operation in Gaza last month, in which extensive house demolition took place and many civilians were killed. The Doctor's Oath, based on the famous Hippocrates Oath, clearly states: Into whatever houses I enter, I will go into them for the benefit of the sick, and will abstain from every voluntary act of mischief and corruption;

 

Lieutenant Dr. T, who has previously served in Gaza Strip, made it clear to his commanders that he is not a pacifist and that he would participate in any of IDF's activities aimed to protect Israel, but that he will not serve again in the Occupied Territories.

 

The refusal of an officer in a regular service stimulated many responses Meretz Knesset Member Haim Orron commented: "It's impossible to ignore the fact that the IDF's activity in the Territories, its nature, its forcefulness and sometimes its brutality, pile difficulties on the soldiers. Whoever ignores it is blind to reality".

 

Courage to Refuse said in response that Dr T's refusal is a brave act, in which he fulfills the IDF's values upon which every IDF's officer and soldier have been educated.

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