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In letter to prime minister, Israeli teens say they will refuse to enlist

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JERUSALEM (JTA) — Several dozen Israeli teens sent a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying they will refuse to enlist in the Israeli army.

The letter sent on Saturday declared the signatories as conscientious objectors.

The teens said in the letter that they would refuse military service due to “the ongoing occupation and the army’s invasion of civil life that deepens the notions of chauvinism, militarism, violence, inequality and racism in society.”

The letter calls on Israeli youth nearing age 18, the age of conscription, to “carefully examine the meaning of army service.”

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