IDF Soldiers Dismissed for Refusing to Expel Jews
Two IDF combat soldiers were dismissed on Thursday night from their roles in the Nahal Brigade's Regiment 50, after they put photographs on Facebook of themselves with signs vowing to refuse orders to expel Jews from their homes.
The identities of the soldiers were revealed through an investigation ordered by Col. Yehuda Fuchs, commander of the Nahal Brigade, who decided to react harshly to the new protest in which soldiers from various units photographed themselves with similar signs opposing the expulsion of Jews, posting the pictures on Facebook.
Soldiers taking part in the protest came from a variety of units aside from the Nahal infantry unit, including Givati, the Border Police and Air Force, reported the Hebrew-language site 0404 News.
The protest follows the eviction and demolition of homes in the town of Ma'ale Rehavam, in Judea's Gush Etzion region, on Wednesday. The town, along with the two Samaria communities of Givat Assaf and Ramat Gilad, was slated for dismantling by next Sunday by the Supreme Court. Residents in Givat Assaf agreed to dismantle their own homes to avoid a similar expulsion as occurred in Ma'ale Rehavam.
The IDF Spokesperson unit said of Thursday's protest that "the use of social networks in this case as a tool for protest is unacceptable, and harms the core values of the IDF as an army functioning in a democratic country."
"In expulsion missions taking place at these times throughout Judea and Samaria, IDF soldiers man 'rings' that secure the perimeter [around the place of demolition]; until now there aren't known cases of refusing or opposing conducting the mission," the statement concluded.
The new protest follows the popular protest by soldiers in the case of David Adamov, dubbed "David the Nahlawi (Nahal soldier)," who was arrested the same day he was videotaped by Arab youths in Hevron cocking his weapon in response to a threatening situation. Thousands of soldiers photographed themselves with signs of support for David.
The viral Facebook campaign supporting David has garnered over 130,000 "likes," and sparked strong reactions from MKs, a nod from an army official, and several demonstrations. Recent video footage of soldiers confronting Arab provocateurs appears to show they have been"empowered" by the popular protest.