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Bereaved parents join Courage to Refuse rally 06/09/2003
 
 

Following the death of Navy SEAL Sergeant Major Ra'anan Komemi in IDF activity in Nablus, and following the attempted assassination of Sheikh Yassin in Gaza, Courage to Refuse activists organized a rally in front of Defense Ministry offices in the Kirya in Tel Aviv.  Approximately 40 members, some dressed in army fatigues, brandished white signs with slogans about the danger and the folly of the government's assassination policy.  Others carried black signs, emblazoned with the named of deceased IDF soldiers who lost their lives in these operations.  Bereaved parents joined the rally, protesting the unacceptable toll of the unnecessary and harmful occupation of the Occupied Territories.

Among the signs seen in the rally: "How many soldiers will Ahmed Yassin cost us?"  "Sharon is 'eliminating' us all", "It won't stop if we won't refuse".

The bereaved parents, who lost their children in terrorist attacks and in IDF operations, expressed their support of the Courage to Refuse movement, and noted the importance of the decision to refuse.  "We have paid the price of political games with the blood of our children", said Rami Elhanan, who lost his daughter in a terrorist attack in Jerusalem.  "You are the true heroes" he responded to the Refusenik activists when they thanked him at the end of the rally for his participation.  Robbie Demlin, whose son David died during reserve duty in the Occupied Territories, spoke of "the unacceptable toll that we pay for staying in the Territories".  Yona Bargur, who lost his son Ziv, summarized: "I don't know if my son would have sympathized with the Refuseniks, but he would have liked to live.  That's why I am here".

The rally also marked the opening of a new public campaign organized by Courage to Refuse, with the slogan "It won't end until we refuse".  The rally was covered extensively in the Mabat newscast on national television on Saturday night, and on the "Walla" and "Ha'aretz" websites.

 

 


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