The following article is taken in entirety from today’s Jerusalem Post

May. 3, 2006 18:25
Soldier refuses to shake Halutz’s hand

A soldier being honored at a national ceremony on Wednesday refused to shake the hand of Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz in protest against the disengagement from the Gaza Strip and northern Samaria last August.

The soldier, Cpl. Hananel Meged said that when he saw Halutz, all he could think of was the bulldozers razing his grandfather’s house in Gush Katif. His grandfather passed away shortly after he was relocated from his home.

The IDF said that, following the incident, Meged’s nomination as an outstanding soldier would be re-examined. The official response stated that such behavior was political, was not appropriate and there was no place for it in the armed forces.

The event, attended by President Moshe Katsav, Interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Halutz, and a large crowd of veteran soldiers, represented a salute to the veterans and an appreciation of 120 soldiers singled out for outstanding service. Meged was nominated to be honored because “In spite of the difficulty experienced from his personal loss, he continued to function and contribute to the unit.”

During the ceremony, the chief of staff stressed the importance of maintaining a “strong and united IDF.”

Following the incident, the president reproached the soldier. Halutz said that the matter should be given a day or two in order to consider how to proceed.

On the other hand, some of the families who were evicted from Gush Katif last summer called Meged to laud him for his actions, Army Radio reported.


Let me get this right. The soldier was judged to be outstanding. However, the sight of the chief of staff reminded him of the expulsion of his grandfather from the home that he had legally built and lived in—the expulsion that possibly contributed to the death of his grandfather. His act of disobedience was to refuse to shake the hand of one who had overseen that operation. He did not shout, curse, walk out, hold up a sign. He registered his feelings by refusing to shake a hand. And now they are thinking of re-examining his nomination???

Shame on them. Shame on them for throwing innocent people out of their homes, providing no adequate alternative housing, providing no alternate sources of employment, for demonizing these people – all for the vain hope that the Arabs in Gaza would settle down and stop targeting Israel. Well, a fine plan that was. The power plant in Ashdod is their prime target, and now, with their ability to get closer to it without the intervening Israeli communities, it is only a matter of time… And they are going to re-examine his nomination??????


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