Four officer cadets have been dismissed from the army’s officers course for leaving an IDF event on Monday in which female soldiers were singing and refusing to return.

In total, nine religious soldiers left the hall when the singing began because they did not want to infringe Jewish law that prohibits men from listening to women singing in person.

The soldiers did not heed the instructions of their unit commander to return to the event until after the female soldiers had finished their performance, despite being warned that failure to do so would be considered to be refusing an order.

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