Israeli soldiers in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on January 19, 2015
Israeli soldiers in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on January 19, 2015 © Jack Guez - AFP/File
Israeli soldiers in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on January 19, 2015
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Last updated: January 27, 2015

Israel dismisses 43 soldiers who refused to serve

The Israeli military has dismissed 43 reserve soldiers from its most prestigious intelligence unit after they publicly denounced "abuses" committed against Palestinians, army radio said Monday.

In a letter published by Israeli media in September, the 43 reservists who belonged to the spying unit said they refused to serve in order to avoid participating in alleged injustices carried out against the Palestinians.

The 8200 unit that they belonged to specialises in cyber defence.

The soldiers, who are made up of both men and women, said they refused to "continue serving the system which affects the rights of millions of people".

They also criticised the "political persecution" their spying activities involved.

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