Protesting Plesner II
I have given my initial reasons why I think a conscript army is bad and thus why I think compulsory national service should be done away with. Second to that is my personal reasons that I do not want my children to enter national service/IDF. Put simply I don’t want my children to raise their hands against other Jews unless absolutely and unavoidably necessary. That is one of what I would call the core values of our family.
Unfortunately such is not the case in IDF service where we have seen the IDF deployed not to defend Jews and protect them in their homes but to drive them from their homes. Whether it was the Gaza disengagement which fell on the day after Tisha B’Av in 2005, or Migron, or Armona or… well the list just continues. You have Israeli soldiers being forced to raise their hands against their fellow Israelis, and commit what many would call crimes against humanity.
Yes I know the excuse that they are supposed to follow orders even if they conscious decries them. However, that is a defense that has never worked. It didn’t work in the US Civil War. It Didn’t work in WWI, WWII, Korea, Viet Nam, Afghanistan or Iraq. Even making that claim spits in the face of the Nuremburg trials. How many Nazis have Israeli’s chased across the world to bring them to justice claiming, rightly, that following orders was not an excuse for committing human rights violations.
Simple question: What happened in Migron then? MDA wasn’t even allowed to enter to make sure that those who were beaten by the soldiers as well as the infants and children could receive the care that they needed. It’s amazing though that Israel won’t stop the Red Crescent from entering combat zones, often carrying weapons and resupply of ammunition in their ambulances.
In short so long as the IDF is used against Israeli’s civilian population I will do my best to see that my children don’t spend a day in the uniform.