Roman Levin: from Israeli military truck driver to army refusenik | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Roman Levin: from Israeli military truck driver to army refusenik

On the morning of Monday February 25, Roman Levin, 19, walked to the gates of an Israeli army base where he served as a truck driver. As he approached the military transport camp north of Jerusalem, built on the lands of a Palestinian village (Beit Nabalah) destroyed in the 1948 war, he was accompanied by activists from organizations that support soldiers who refuse to serve because of political objections to Israel’s occupation, Mesarvot and Yesh Gvul.

Roman then informed his commanding officer that he was refusing to continue his military service because he did not want to be a part of “the preservation of the occupation” and the “oppression of Palestinians.” Hours later he was subjected to an “instant trial,” lasting about five minutes and sentenced to 30 days in an army detention facility, Prison Six in northern Israel.

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