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"Krav leyad gvul levanon" (A Battle next to the Lebanese border).
Lapid's opinion of the youngsters' actions is not shared by the organisation Yesh Gvul, which stated: "We are proud of the young people who refuse to take part in oppression and are calling on the government ofIsraelto sit with the government ofPalestineand end the occupation.
First, I wish to thank Yesh Gvul for establishing this prize.
An additional number of soldiers refusing orders to serve in the occupied territories reached individual agreements with their commanders--a phenomenon called "grey refusal." The Yesh Gvul movement, founded at the time of the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon, gained strength during the first Intifada, and refusal to serve in the territories was even more widespread in the second Intifada.
BTS follows in the footsteps of another group of peace activists, Yesh Gvul - Hebrew for "there's a limit."
Participating organisations: Gush Shalom, Combatants for Peace, Coalition of Women for Peace, ICAHD - The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, Bat Shalom, Bat Tzafon for Peace and Equality, Balad, Hadash, Adalah, Tarabut- Hithabrut, Physicians for Human Rights - Israel, AIC - The Alternative Information Center, Psychoactive - Mental Health Workers for Human Rights, ActiveStills, The Students Coalition (Tel Aviv University), New Profile, MachsomWatch, PCATI - The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, Yesh Gvul, Gisha, Local Television on the Internet, Committee for Israeli-Palestinian Dialogue, "On the Left Side", and Faculty for Palestinian-Israeli Peace (Israel).
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As Susan Sontag observed in 2003 when she presented the Oscar Romero Award to a Yesh Gvul (the Israeli soldier's movement of selective refusal to serve):
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In Arabic, the word for border is hadd (plural form: hudud) and in Hebrew, the word is gvul. In the classic Ben-Yehuda Hebrew dictionary, the English translation for gvul is border; in German it is die Grenze, and in French, limite and frontiere.
When handing out the Romero award to Yesh Gvul, an organization of those who refuse service in the Israeli army, Susan Sontag explicitly referred to the life choice of persons like Corrie and Hurndall: "At the centre of our moral life and our moral imagination are the great models of resistance: the great stories of those who said 'No....
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