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The distinguishing mark of a 'manifestly unlawful order' should fly like a black flag.... Not formal unlawfulness, hidden or half-hidden, nor unlawfulness discernable only to the eyes of legal experts.... (The) unlawfulness piercing the eye and revolting the heart, be the eye not blind nor the heart stony and corrupt - that is the measure of 'manifest unlawfulness' required to release a soldier from the duty of obedience. Supreme Court of Israel, ChiefMilitary Prosecutor v Melinki and Others, 1962
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