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|Yesh G’vul, an Israeli group supporting soldiers with the difficult decision to refuse.|
|New Profile provides education and support for nonviolent solutions.|
|Combatants for Peace brings together ex-soldiers from both sides for speaking tours.|
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“What Happened to Abir?”
Combatants for Peace U.S. Tour, January 16 – February 2, 2008, with Bassam Aramin, Yonatan Shapira, and Elik Elhanan
Breaking the Silence, an exhibit featuring photographs and other testimony of IDF soldiers, will be in Philadelphia in February and Cambridge in March.
An Urgent Appeal from the RSN Board:
The Refuser Solidarity Network is making an emergency appeal for contributions to support the Israeli group, New Profile, (www.newprofile.org) which faces two immediate challenges. The first is an appeal by the Attorney General of Israel to the Israeli High Court to close New Profile. The second challenge is an unprecedented number of young people who are choosing to go to jail rather than serve in the Israeli army. New Profile is in the forefront of providing legal assistance to this new wave of courageous young Israeli resisters.
Read more below. To make a donation, click on “Donate Now” in the next column. Thank you.
“Passive” Refusal is not Enough to Stop War Crimes
by Shraga Elam
This I know from my own experience as a young Nahal soldier in the Six Day War of 1967… We were at the outskirts of the [Nablus] when the commander brought to us a group of young Palestinian civilians. He claimed that they were Jordanian soldiers who had discarded their uniforms…[and] therefore …were to be treated as spies, meaning that they were to be executed, and he ordered us to do so…
Israeli Soldiers’ Duty to Prevent the Commission of War Crimes
A discussion with Israeli attorney Shamai Leibowitz, Esq.
International Support for RSN
On November 8 in Milan, musician Marco Fusi presented a concert and donated the proceeds to RSN. Here are Marco’s own words: I am a musician and the contribution it’s the net proceeds of a my concert that i have organized the last eight of november to substain your activity. The manifestation have had the support of important italian intellectuals, like the nobel prize [winner] Dario Fo. I want to organize this manifestation every year. Best regards Marco Fusi
Send Your Message to Israel: Let the Shministim Go!
Noted historian and activist, Howard Zinn, calls on the Government of Israel to release imprisoned conscientious objectors.
Interview with New Profile’s Ruth Hiller
RSN has been a major supporter of New Profile for many years. Here is a recent interview conducted by Jewish Voice for Peace with Ruth Hiller, one of New Profile’s co-founders.
Second Prison Term for Four Women COs
Four women COs, signatories of the 2008 high school seniors refusal letter, have been sent to a another prison term today (12 Oct.). Sahar Vardi and Tamar Katz have been sentenced to 21 days in prison and are due to be released on 30 Oct. Omer Goldman and Mia Tamarin have been sentenced to 14 days in prison and are due to be released on 24 Oct. –by New Profile, October 12, 2008.
Conscience of the Israeli Spymaster’s Daughter
Igal Sarna meets a Mossad chief’s daughter who is in jail for refusing national service.
By Igal Sarna, The First Post, October 20, 2008
By Seth Freedman, The Guardian Oct 2, 2008
Conscientious objection is despicable, unless, of course, you’re from the ultra-orthodox community… Refusal to play the game and join up is tantamount to treason… The latest target for the wrath of the righteous is New Profile…
Web site for IDF Draft Dodgers Faces Criminal Probe
by Amos Harel, Haaretz, 15/9/08
Attorney General Menachem Mazuz recently ordered the police to open a criminal investigation against the New Profile organization – the first time a criminal probe has ever been launched against a group that encourages draft dodging. The probe, launched in response to a request from the Israel Defense Forces, constitutes an intensification of the army`s war on draft dodging. It was prompted by concern over the growing extent of this phenomenon. Military Advocate General Brig. Gen. Avichai Mendelblit asked Mazuz to order the probe in February, and earlier this month, Mazuz acceded to his request.
Israel–A State “War” on Youth
by Rela Mazali, Jewish Peace News
Ratcheting up their campaign against so-called `shirkers`, Israeli authorities have declared a new front in their ‘war’on Israeli youth…Rather than listening to the voice raised by these future citizens, rather than fathoming the social change it reflects and responding with changed, innovative policies, Israel`s state institutions have chosen to wage a `war` against these youths and the developments they represent. Criminalizing the movement, state authorities will now attempt to seek out illegalities in open and legal resistance work, a move characteristic of a militarized state abusing its power in a bid to keep in place an old, cracking order.
Refuser Movement Organizations
Israeli peace group campaigning against the occupation by backing soldiers who refuse duties of a repressive or aggressive nature.
Courage to Refuse
Reserve officers and soldiers from the “heart of the IDF” who published the Combatant’s Letter in January 2002 and now number nearly 600 signers.
High school seniors now numbering over 300 who have announced that they “refuse to be soldiers for occupation.”
Air Force Pilots
27 reserve pilots have now signed the letter declaring their refusal to take part in aerial attacks on populated Palestinian areas in the territories. Web site is available only in Hebrew; contact email@example.com for more information.
Movement for the civil-ization of Israeli society providing a wide range of support services and education to those who refuse military service.
Refusers Parents’ Forum
Network of parents and family members supporting working together to support current and future high school senior conscientious objectors (Shministim)-including those in, or released, from prison.
Combatants for Peace
Newly formed in April 2006, this group joins together Israeli and Palestinian former-fighters to bring a refuser message to both their communities and the world, and work to end the cycle of violence plaguing their lands.