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Acts of Resistance — Lebanon+Jordan+Israel Army Refuseniks


Lebanese army stops Israeli helicopters landing

30 Jul 2006 19:33:41 GMT

Source: Reuters


BEIRUT, July 30 (Reuters) – The Lebanese army opened fire on Israeli helicopters trying to land near a town in the Bekaa valley, preventing them from setting down, Lebanese security sources and witnesses said. The four helicopters appeared to be trying to land Israeli soldiers near the town of Yammouni, they said. The helicopters flew away before Israeli warplanes launched air raids on the area, the sources said.


Jordanian MPs call for return of Jordanian ambassador to Israel


AMMAN, July 31 (KUNA) –Jordan’s Members of Parliament Monday called on the government to recall Jordanian ambassador to Israel and to dismiss the Israeli ambassador to Jordan.

A total of 14 out of 110 Jordanian MPs wrote a demonstration memorandum delivered to Parliament Speaker Abdulhadi Al-Majali saying this call coincides with the Jordanian people’s views and towards Israeli continuous aggression and massacres in Lebanon and Palestine.

The memo called on “the Jordanian government to live up to its historical responsibility,” and to immediately discharge the Israeli ambassador from Amman.

On a similar note, Jordanian factions and politician protested today in front of the United Nations office in the Jordanian capital, expressing anger and frustration to the Israeli aggression toward Lebanese and Palestinian women and children.


Jul. 31, 2006 7:57 | Updated Jul. 31, 2006 13:29
Officer refuses to take part in war
By JPOST.COM STAFFReservist officer Captain Amir Paster was sentenced on Sunday night to 28 days in a military prison for refusing to take part in the fighting in Lebanon. It was the first case of refusal to serve in the army since hostilities in Lebanon erupted.Paster, 28, arrived at his base after being drafted and told his soldiers that he refused to take part in operations that harm innocent civilians.

The IDF spokesman strongly condemned Paster. “We view any case of refusal in the utmost severity. So far, the IDF has drafted a very large reservist contingent, the vast majority of whom have reported for duty,” the army said.

“In this isolated case, an officer cynically used his rank. Army officers do not pick their missions and are expected to set a personal example to their soldiers. The IDF will continue to deliberate on how to further deal with this officer,” the statement read.

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This entry was posted on 1 August, 2006 by in Activism, Empire, War and Terror, Israel, Lebanon, Middle East.

Timely Reminders

"Those who crusade, not for God in themselves, but against the devil in others, never succeed in making the world better, but leave it either as it was, or sometimes perceptibly worse than what it was, before the crusade began. By thinking primarily of evil we tend, however excellent our intentions, to create occasions for evil to manifest itself."
-- Aldous Huxley

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yet men die miserably every day
for lack
of what is found there"
-- William Carlos Williams, "Asphodel, That Greeny Flower"