Two yarmulke-clad young men went to the Israel Defense Forces induction center in Tel Hashomer on Thursday to distribute fliers promoting "price tag" revenge attacks against Palestinians, and urging recruits to refuse orders that contradict Jewish law.
The fliers called on the recruits to join a movement calling itself "Enlisting in Faith", which carries the mission statement of helping "direct soldiers in the stages of army enlistment and in the remainder of army service… how to behave in circumstances whereby army orders contradict Jewish law".
"If you believe – that there is a difference between Jew and Gentile... If you believe - that a soldier fights the enemy even if it contradicts 'purity of the weapon'... If you believe – that army property intended to destroy the homes of Jews must be stopped.... If you believe – that a small cup of sugar has the power to stop great contempt… you are not alone."
Professor David Assaf, who broke word of the flier distribution on his blog Oneg Shabbat after his son witnessed the event at the induction center, wrote: "Beyond asking how such enthusiasts were able to enter an army compound, and under whose authority they were distributing the fliers, I was amazed to read the content of these fliers."
Assaf's son Mishael described the two young men, apparently in their 20s, as wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the words 'Tel Aviv for Jews". He said they spoke between themselves for a few minutes, handed out the fliers, and left.
Nobody seemed too excited by the incident, said the younger Assaf, though a few people expressed irritation. One person took the fliers and tossed them in the trash bin.
Assaf's son said he had been asked to present an identification card upon entering the center, and wondered how the two could have been admitted unless they were they for some sort of enlistment or appointment purpose.
The Israel Defense Forces issued a statement condemning "any attempt at political propaganda within the framework of the army, on an army base."
The IDF said that apparently a candidate for security service who had come to the induction center for procedural purposes was responsible for distributing the fliers, without permission from any IDF officials. Senior officials at the induction center were notified of the incident, and the distribution of fliers was halted.
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