Anti-settlement evacuation sign found at base


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A sign objecting to the evacuation of West Bank settlements was found at an Israeli army base, a violation of army protocol.

The sign, the third of its kind in the last several weeks, was found Thursday at a Kfir Brigade training camp in the Jordan Valley. Kfir is a special unit that serves in the West Bank.

The sign, which read "Kfir does not expel Jews," reportedly was discovered by a commander shortly after it was painted. It is not yet known who painted the sign. 

On Monday, two Kfir soldiers from the Nachshon Battalion were demoted and sentenced to military prison for  unfurling a banner reading "Nachshon doesn’t evict Jews either" on the roof of a building on their West Bank military base near Hebron.

In a similar incident last month, two members of the Shimshon Battalion unfurled a sign at their swearing-in ceremony that read "Shimshon will not evacuate Homesh" — a West Bank settlement evacuated in 2005. Those soldiers also were jailed and removed from combat service.

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