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Five Golani T-Shirt Protest Soldiers Pardoned

Northern Command head sets free five of eight soldiers who wore shirts against expulsion of Jews.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 6/30/2011, 10:32 AM

Miriam Tzachi

Maj.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkut, Head of Northern Command, has pardoned five of eight Golani Brigade soldiers who were jailed after wearing T-shirts proclaiming their aversion to being used for expelling Jews from their homes.

"Golani fights enemies and don't expel Jews," the shirts read.

The soldiers were arrested following their act of protest last Thursday. They were sentenced to military prison terms of 10 to 30 days.

On Tuesday, five of the eight apologized for their action and filed a request for leniency to Maj. Gen. Eizenkut, which he accepted Thursday.

Photographs of the soldiers wearing the custom shirts were distributed to the media without their knowledge, Army Radio reported.