Air Force refusenik sues ex-employer

Yonatan Shapira claims he was dismissed from job due to political views.

October 5, 2006 11:49
Air Force refusenik sues ex-employer

iaf pilot 298 courtesy. (photo credit: Courtesy )


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One of the pilots who was a leading force behind the 2003 pilots' letter has filed a complaint with the Haifa Labor Court against his former employer - "Air Power", claiming he was fired because of his political views. Yonatan Shapira was among 27 reserve pilots who signed a letter stating their refusal to take part in targeted assassinations in the territories "because of the immorality such missions involve," Israel Radio reported. Shapira is arguing that those responsible for his dismissal are former officers themselves who are unable to distinguish between the civil and military systems, while refusal to obey orders on moral grounds is to them a sufficient enough reason for punishment. Air Power CEO Buma Eizenberg said Shapria's claims were baseless. The reason for the dismissal, he argued, was that the company no longer needed the amount of pilots it had employed.

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