Ethics of viewing personal imagery lead some Israeli soldiers to refuse to work in IDF Communications Eavesdropping Unit 8200

An illustrative photo of a Unit 8200 intelligence soldier at work. Photo by Moti Milrod

An illustrative photo of a Unit 8200 intelligence soldier at work. Photo by Moti Milrod

'Warfare in the 21st century is becoming increasingly sterilized, with less and less soldiers on the ground taking part in the cycle of intelligence gathering and target acquisition, with the actual strike often carried out by an unmanned drone or fighter-jet launching a standoff missile beyond the visual range of the target. This high-tech, impersonal, new style of warfare may remove soldiers from the battlefield but it also makes those non-combat intelligence soldiers who learn intimate details of the potential targets' lives, see their photographs and hear their voices, feel much closer and emotionally involved than ever before.'

Read the full article in Haaretz here.