A reserve artillery captain was sentenced by a military court here this week to 28 days in prison for refusing to serve in Lebanon for reasons of conscience. Felix Laud, 37, is the highest-ranking officer yet sentenced for refusing to serve in Lebanon since the beginning of the war there last June.
Two other officers and three soldiers are in prison for the same reason. Sgt. Menashe Dvir, 35, was also sentenced to 28 days this week. Both Laub and Dvir asked their superior officers for permission to do their military reserve duty inside Israel proper.
The Yesh Gvul (There’s a Limit) movement to which both belong demands that all Israeli soldiers be withdrawn from Lebanon, and that its six members now in prison be released.
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