Dozens of Courage to Refuse members, many of them veterans of military service in Gaza Strip, demonstrated today, together with bereaved parents, in Kisufim checkpoint, a crossing point from Israel to Gaza.
The demonstration took place following the death of six IDF soldiers yesterday in Gaza, when the shielded vehicle they drove had been hit by an explosive charge set by the Hamas.
The demonstrator protested against the Israeli government's policy. They called Prime Minister Sharon and Minister of Defense Mofaz to stand behind their proclamation that Gaza Strip is not necessary for Israel's security, and get the soldiers out of there. "The government must not send soldiers to die in vain" said the protestors.
The demonstrators held signs baring the names of the late soldiers. Regarding the question of demonstrating in such a sad day, in which Israel mourns the soldiers' death, they said: "Today our voice is more important then ever: we're demonstrating here and now to prevent any future unnecessary death. We're here for saving life".
David Zonsheine, one of Courage to Refuse's establishers and its chairman, noted that the disastrous event would be a turning point ahead of Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.
During the demonstration, the demonstrators approached soldiers from the Givati brigade and said, "We only came to say that we salute you and appreciate you and want to get you out of here as quickly as possible." The soldiers killed Tuesday were also from Givati.
But as the discussion was only beginning to develop and the soldiers started asking questions, an IDF's spokesman ordered the soldiers to put an end to the interaction.