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Nothing better illustrates Israel's often unreasonable handling of their relations with the people of Palestine than this letter signed by thirteen reservists of one of Israel's elite commando units - the Sayeret Matkal, reproduced here in full,

To: Prime Minister Ariel Sharon

We, citizens who serve in active reserve duty, soldiers and officers, Sayeret Matkal veterans, have also chosen to join the front guard in the way we have been trained. With grave concern for the future of Israel as a democratic Zionist and Jewish state, and with concern for her moral image - we can no longer stand asside.

We tell you today:

# We shall no longer lend our hand to the subjugation taking place in the territories.

# We shall no longer lend our hand to the quelling of human rights of millions of Palestinians.

# We shall no longer serve as a defense shield for the settlements campaign.

# We shall no longer deface our human image as an army of occupation.

# We shall no longer deny our commitment as fighters in the Israel defense forces.

We fear for the fate of the children of this land, exposed to an evil that is unnecessary, and to which we have lent our hands. We have long transgressed the limits of soldiers, just in their ways, and have become fighters suppressing another nation.

We shall not cross this limit anymore.

We stress and declare: We shall continue to protect the State of Israel and the security of its people from all enemies.

"He who dares - wins."
A related news article on the Washington Post concludes thus,
Separately on Sunday, Israeli military activities continued in the West Bank, where a six-year-old Palestinian boy, Mohammad Naim Isryda, was shot in the chest and killed while playing near his house in the Balata refugee camp on the edge of Nablus, Palestinian medical officials reported. Israeli military officials said soldiers opened fire on the area after a homemade explosive was thrown at them. Another youngster from the camp, Nur Emran, 13, died from injuries he suffered on Tuesday, when an Israeli soldier shot him in the head with a rubber-coated steel bullet. The soldiers opened fire on youths who were throwing stones, bricks and bottles, a military spokesman said. The spokesman said the military had not received any formal complaint that a youth had been hit.




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