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Air Force Pilots’ Letter
Brigadier General Yiftah Spector, et al, Israel
September 24, 2003
"We, Air Force pilots who were raised on the values of Zionism, sacrifice, and contributing to the state of Israel, have always served on the front lines, willing to carry out any mission, whether small or large, to defend and strengthen the state of Israel.
"We, veteran and active pilots alike, who served and still serve the state of Israel for long weeks every year, are opposed to carrying out attack orders that are illegal and immoral of the type the state of Israel has been conducting in the territories.
"We, who were raised to love the state of Israel and contribute to the Zionist enterprise, refuse to take part in Air Force attacks on civilian population centers. We, for whom the Israel Defense Forces and the Air Force are an inalienable part of ourselves, refuse to continue to harm innocent civilians.
"These actions are illegal and immoral, and are a direct result of the ongoing occupation which is corrupting all of Israeli society. Perpetuation of the occupation is fatally harming the security of the state of Israel and its moral strength.
"We who serve as active pilots—fighters, leaders, and instructors of the next generation of pilots—hereby declare that we shall continue to serve in the Israel Defense Forces and the Air Force for every mission in defense of the state of Israel."
Brigadier General Yiftah Spector
Colonel Yigal Shohat
Lieutenant Colonel Yoel Piterberg
Lieutenant Colonel David Yisraeli
Lieutenant Colonel Adam Netzer
Lieutenant Colonel Avner Ra'anan
Lieutenant Colonel Gideon Shaham
Major Haggai Tamir
Major Amir Massad
Major Gideon Dror
Major David Marcus
Major Professor Motti Peri
Major Zeev Reshef
The above letter was signed by twenty-seven Israeli Air Force pilots.
From Courage to Refuse, September 24, 2003.