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Thursday, Apr 04, 2002

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“Why should I go to kill and to be killed — for what?” says Ron, one of about 400 Israeli soldiers refusing to join the fight in the West Bank and Gaza.

“This is a war that we have no chance to win,” he says.

Lt. Itai Ryb got the call to serve on Friday. But this week he decided to pack not for war, but for jail, joining other refuseniks who have signed a letter saying they’d rather go to prison than serve in the military campaign.

“This war is not acceptable to me,” he says. “I can’t take part in it.”

The Israeli action in the West Bank is wrong, he says, because “it’s occupation, it’s illegal; mostly it harms the well-being of Israel. The sooner we end the occupation, the sooner we’re going to have peace in this country."