Practice Relating to Rule 27. Religious Personnel
Israel’s Manual on the Laws of War (1998) states: “A provision similar to that applying to medical personnel exists also with regard to chaplains. They too do not take part in the hostilities, they may not be harmed and may not be taken prisoner.”
Israel’s Manual on the Rules of Warfare (2006) states: “A similar instruction relating to medical teams exists in relation to ministers of religion. As long as they do not participate in the fighting, it is forbidden to attack them or to take them into captivity.”
The Manual on the Rules of Warfare (2006) is a second edition of the Manual on the Laws of War (1998).
According to the Report on the Practice of Israel, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) do not have a policy of targeting the religious personnel of their adversaries. The report adds that the implementation of this policy is subject to such personnel being clearly recognizable and not participating in hostile activities.