The IDF suspended seven soldiers from service for refusing to take part in the eviction of Jewish settlers from the Hebron marketplace last month, the army said Monday.
The soldiers were part of a group of religiously observant infantrymen who refused to participate in the eviction of two Israeli families squatting illegally in the market stall apartments. The soldiers said the order conflicted with their religious beliefs.
A dozen soldiers were jailed after the August 6 incident. Seven were suspended upon their release, the army announcement said, and the rest will face a hearing later this week.
The soldiers' disobedience sparked fears that the army could face rebellion in its ranks by Orthodox soldiers, many of whom strongly identify with the settlers, and raised concerns that rabbis might have more influence over some religious troops than their commanders do.
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