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(en) France, Organisation Communiste Libertarie (OCL) - Israelis against the State of Israel - "We are Israeli reservists. We refuse to serve " (fr)

Date Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:07:43 +0300

Calling Israeli reservists against their incorporation into the army of occupation that now and again, massive slaughter in Gaza, punishes West Bank and Israel and is pursuing the most brutal domination of the State Israel in the territories and the people of Palestine and its accompanying theft, dispossession, destruction. ---- Information and evidence of Israeli Jews that belie the talk of the unity of "the Jews" of Israel (and elsewhere ) behind the pseudo "Jewish state" and show how to fight alongside Palestinians against Zionism and militarism, has nothing to do with anti-Semitism, it is necessary to separate Judaism or Jewishness and Zionism, the "Palestinian issue" is primarily that of the colonial and apartheid nature of the state, its politics and the permanent state of war arising from any machine of propaganda and lies he develops and spreads, massacres and war crimes it commits constantly in perfect impunity for decades, and that this is an issue and a highly political struggle.

Israeli reservists say no

This is the meaning of a letter first published on the online site of Yesh Gvul ("There is a limit," in French), an anti-occupation organization that supports conscientious objectors, including text and signatories (51 Israeli reserve soldiers) was then relayed by the Washington Post. They had agreed to publish this letter prior to the assault against Gaza.
Deserters, conscientious objectors, these "refuseniks" refusing to serve in the occupied territories or to fight in the ranks of the IDF against the Palestinians. For this, they are likely prison.

Haifa protest against the Israeli operation in Gaza 19 July 2014 Photo by Rami Shllush

"We are Israeli reservists. We refuse to use it. "

Washington Post, July 23, 2014

Whenever Israel mobilizes reservists - who are former soldiers formed - there are dissidents, resistant, deserters from the troops sent to war. Now that Israel has again sent soldiers in Gaza and recalled reservists, dozens of people refused to participate.

We are more than 50 Israelis were soldiers once and now we declare our refusal to be part of the reserve. We oppose the Israeli army and the Conscription Act. Partly because we categorically reject the ongoing military operation. But most of the signatories below are women and did not participate directly in combat.

For us, the misdeeds of the army beyond the "Operation Border Protector" or even occupation. We are bitterly saddened by the militarization of Israeli society and discriminatory policies of the army. One example is the way women are often relegated to menial administrative positions. Another is the selection system that discriminates against Mizrachi (Jews whose families are from Arab countries) by preventing them from being fairly represented in the most prestigious units of the army. In Israeli society, unity and the position of each in the Army determines greatly the professional way in civilian life that opens.

For us, the current military operation and how militarization affects Israeli society are inseparable.
In Israel, the war is not simply politics by other means: it replaces the policy. Israel is no longer able to design a solution to a political conflict other than in terms of physical strength. No wonder it leads to endless cycles of violence. And when the guns resonate more no criticism is tolerated.

This petition, long anticipated, is particularly urgent because of the brutal military operation taking place in our name. And, although the active troops are generally those involved in the current war, their work would not be possible without all the administrative functions in which many of us have served us. Thus, if there is a reason to oppose the military operations in Gaza, there is also a reason to oppose the Israeli military as a whole. This is the message of this petition.
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Facebook Page Yesh Gvul movement (There is a Limit), 15 March 2014

We were soldiers in different units and at different positions in the Israeli army, which we regret today because during our service, we have discovered that the troops operating in the occupied territories are not the only strengthen controls over the lives of Palestinians. In truth, it is all the military is involved. For this reason, we refuse to do our duty reservists, and we support those who refuse to go and serve.

The Israeli Army, fundamental part of the lives of Israelis, is also the power that governs the lives of Palestinians in the occupied territories since 1967 and since it exists in its current structure, language and mentality control us: we share the world between good and evil with military criteria; it is the army that is the authority deciding the relative value of each citizen who is most responsible for the occupation, which is allowed to express its resistance against it and who is not, and how they are allowed to do. The army plays a central role in all projects and proposals discussed in the national debate, which explains the absence of any real discussion on non-military solutions to conflicts with its neighbors in which Israel was locked and double-locked.

Palestinian residents of the West Bank and Gaza are deprived of civil rights and human rights. They live under a different legal regime of their Jewish neighbors. It is not only the fault of the soldiers operating in these territories. These troops are not the only ones who are required to refuse. Many of us have served in logistic support roles and bureaucratic; there, we found that this is the entire military apparatus that can implement the oppression of Palestinians.

Many soldiers serving in non-combat functions refuse to resist because they believe that their actions often routine and mundane, are far from the violent consequences made elsewhere. And actions that are not trivial - for example, decisions about life or death of Palestinians taken in offices several miles from the West Bank - are classified, so it is difficult to have a public debate about them. Unfortunately, we do not have always refused to perform the tasks we were asked, and this way, we too, have contributed to the violent actions of the army.

During our service, we have witnessed or participated in military discriminatory behavior: structural discrimination against women that begins with hazing and assignment of roles; sexual harassment was a daily reality for some of us; military control on the centers of absorption of immigration. Some of us have also seen firsthand how the bureaucracy deliberately directs the technical students to technical positions, without giving them the opportunity to serve elsewhere. In our training, we were placed in groups of people who looked like us and talked like us instead of us mix and socialize us as the army claims to do.

The army is trying to present itself as an institution that facilitates social mobility, as a springboard for Israeli society. In fact, it perpetuates segregation. We believe it is no coincidence that those who come from families in the upper-middle class integrated units of elite intelligence and often from there, go to work in high-tech companies with high salaries. We think it is no coincidence when the soldiers sent to maintenance units arms or military third-class desert or abandon the army, often motivated by the need to financially support their families, they are called "conscript refractory. " The army put on a pedestal like the "good Israeli", which actually bases its power by the subjugation of others. The centrality of the military in Israeli society and this makes it ideal image, act together to erase the cultures Mizrachi, Ethiopians, Russians, Druze, ultra-Orthodox, and Bedouin women.

We all participated at one level or another, this ideology and took part in the game of "good Israeli" army loyally serving. Most of our military service helped advance our positions in college and in the job market. We have developed relationships and enjoyed the warm embrace of the Israeli consensus. But for the reasons above, these benefits have not been worth the cost.

Legally, some of us are always stored in the forces of the Army Reserve (others have managed to get their exemptions or they are granted their release) and military keep our names and personal data, and the legal possibility to order us to serve. But we will not participate. In any way.

There are many different reasons for refusing to serve in the Israeli army. Ourselves, we have different contexts and motivations for writing this letter. However, against the attacks that strike those who resist conscription, we support the resistance: the students who wrote a letter declaring their refusal, the ultra-Orthodox protesting against the new law on conscription, Druze refuseniks, and all whose conscience, personal or economic circumstances do not allow them to serve. Under cover of a speech on equality, these people are forced to pay the price. Nothing more.

Letter followed by a first list of signatures nominal 51 reservists of the Israeli army.

Translation: XYZ / OCLibertaire

Israelis, they refuse to bear arms

Throughout their school years, Israelis receive in their classes that explain their military role and importance of the military. Today, about half of Israelis enlisted at the age of 18 years (3 years of service for men, two for women), with the exception of Israeli Arabs (18% of the population) and most Jews Haredim devoted to religious study. May be waived for physical or mental problems. Refuseniks are conscientious objectors, pacifists and refuse to fight in the occupied territories. If they say refuse occupation policies in the Palestinian territories during their incorporation, they are sent to military prison for disobedience. In 2014, fifty youth have made this decision and should be held in October.



Yuval, 25, student: "I decided to go to jail to protest against the occupation. I made three trips to military prison. I'm glad I took this step, but I'm not sure that I would. I have not done anything wrong, and yet I was punished. I do not think I deserved such punishment. Of course, we used the prison to talk about the occupation of Palestinian territories. Let's say it's a good way to fight but there may be better. " Tel-Aviv, 2014


Tamar, 20: "I'm a pacifist. In 2008, I chose to go to jail in order to explain that it is possible to challenge the taboo of military service. The most important for me was that people hear a different voice. I spent three months in prison. Last month I spent in segregation because I did not want to wear the uniform. Given what is happening, I think it is more important to deny the army. Hatred and intolerance against those decisions are even stronger today than at that time. Nationalism, right-wing propaganda have lost all hope. My generation grew up without any contact with the Palestinian society. Hatred comes so easily. " Tel-Aviv, 2014


Kobi, 43, mathematician: "I decided not to join the army when I was 12. I do not feel obliged to serve a company I did not feel part of it. The first time they called me, I said I was gay, depressed and unbalanced. Today, I regret taking the easy way out and not have said that I refused to serve in the army. The atmosphere in Israel is becoming increasingly unbearable, it is becoming increasingly dangerous to demonstrate in Tel Aviv against the occupation of the territories. " Haifa, 2014


Alex, 22, works in a movie theater: "At 17, I was busy in helping Palestinians pick olives territories. I was really impressed me. One day, settlers stole the entire crop of the day. Their argument was that anything that grows in the land of Israel to the Jews. There is no legal authority to address this kind of problem. I understood that the security argument to occupy Palestine was a lie. I decided that I would not do military service. I spent five months in prison for disobedience. " Tel Aviv, 2009


Ben, 27, an employee of the video store: "My father spent 40 days in jail because he did not want to serve the army in Gaza. When it was my turn, I did not want to go either. I told the officer in charge of mental problems that I did not want to carry a gun and if they forced me there I would use it against my superiors. This decision was one of the most important of my life. When I see all these young people who die for the Zionist cause, I am delighted with my decision. I wish I could feel sorry for those soldiers, but I honestly can not: when they pull the trigger and shoot at civilians, that is unforgivable. " Tel-Aviv, 2014


Omer, 20, student: "The system works well in the army. It leaves no time to think. I think young Israelis must know the situation of the Palestinians to be able to choose whether they are or are not armed. My father is a major general, he was vice president of the Mossad. We are opposite to one another. I spent two months in prison. My case has a lot of noise. It was hard, I lost five pounds. " Tel Aviv, 2009


Haggai, 26, journalist: "When I was 16, I had a teacher who for the first time we talked about the conflict in a different way. I attended that year, a convoy for peace in the West Bank to help rebuild Palestinian homes that were destroyed by the army. In 2001, when we decided to go to jail to protest against the occupation, we were 25 A large trial was held. The testimony went on TV. At the law school, this trial has become an important example of both the political and philosophical perspective. The army wanted to make an example to scare others. They sentenced me to two years in prison. " Tel Aviv, 2009


Neta, 18: "I received a very Zionist education. But by age 15, by searching the Internet, I found out what the occupation of Palestinian territories. Many friends around me militants were not the army, I asked them advice. They told me not to go to jail. In general, the reason given is you can not fight it. But I still chose this solution because I think people need to know: the Israeli army does not respect human rights and committing war crimes. " Haifa, 2009


Giyora Neumann, 55, journalist: "At 17, in 1971, I was the first to refuse to join the army and go to jail. At the time, I was Matzpen activist, a revolutionary socialist and anti-Zionist political party. We were against the occupation since the beginning (1967). I've also done for personal reasons: my family had suffered another occupation... in Poland. My parents have supported me even if they were afraid. Morally, they understood my position. Maybe from a social point of view, because of what is said about their son, they have suffered more than me. " Tel Aviv, 2009


Naomi, 20, student: "I have not done my military service because I am against the occupation and against the militarization of Israeli society. There is not the Palestinians who are suffering from the militarization of our society. We have one of the largest armies in the world, while we are a small country. The money that is invested in the defense is not elsewhere, for example in education. It was a problem when I tried to look for work. I had to work in a bookstore, but when they saw that I had not been in the army bosses changed their mind. " Tel Aviv, 2009.

Israel holds the world record in arms spending per capita: 1,429 USD in 2006 (source: The Times - Switzerland).


Gal, 19: "I remember when I was 13, I saw on TV refuseniks who went to jail for not going to the army. I found repugnant. Suicide bombings in 2002-2003 had marked me. Subsequently, I read about Palestinian history and I realized the full extent of my ignorance. Finally, especially because of my family, I have decided to reform me for psychological problems. I think the most difficult for my father is when people ask him what I am doing. If I were a "normal" boy, I'd be in the army. " Haifa, 2009


Daniel, 24, student: "Being socialist, I did not want to join the army because I am against imperialism. Moreover, the level of Israeli society, war has always been synonymous with social injustice. Any major social problem goes to the background of the public debate if the state decides that the army should attack Lebanon or Gaza. My parents did not want drama for their only son. I was finally reformed to psychological problems. " Haifa, 2009


Margarida, 23: "I came from Brazil to Israel 14 years with my family. I started my service to 19 and I asked them to be near me. They never listened to me. In the end, I had to take 60 tablets to understand that it was serious and they fired me. I dreamed of working at the airport, but now it's impossible. " Ashkelon, 2009


Avner, 32, historian: "I grew up in a kibbutz, in a family of Zionist Left. All the men in my family are in the military. At 18, I went there confident, I thought we were good, although we sometimes made mistakes. But when I found out how the Palestinians live, I thought it was unacceptable that the army, instead of protecting our country, defending a colonialist project. With 13 other soldiers, we sent a letter explaining that we do not want to be reservists. " Jerusalem, 2009


Tal Sela, 33, teacher: "I was assigned to 19 years in an elite unit. For this specialization, you had to take classes so I immediately knew I was going to stay a year and a half longer than normal. In 1997, there was the war in Lebanon. On 15 September, twelve Israeli soldiers died because of an explosive charge they carried. They sent my unit to recover the bodies. I remained traumatized by the horror. Now I do not want to be a reservist. I am a member of the Association for Peace Affairs." Tel Aviv, 2009


Raz, 19: "When I was 15, I knew nothing about the Palestinians. I lived in a kind of bubble. But when I went in the territories for the first time, I saw very clearly that the occupation is not available for security reasons. I clearly felt that they had lied to me. In 2008, there were seven to refuse to join the army. I spent four months in prison. I am faced with the reality of the other girls who were in much more complicated than me as well as family level social situations. " Tel Aviv, 2009


Hilla, 23, student: "I do not see myself in the military, but I wanted to give something back to society. I wanted to do civilian service. This posed a big problem to my parents. We fought very seriously. I finally said I am a pacifist and I went to a board. My father supported me and has even lent this comedy imposed by the army in being my witness in this interview. " Haifa, 2009


Uri, 26: "When I was in high school, I began to understand that what we were taught in school was only partial. I am interested in politics and I positioned myself against the occupation of Palestinian territories. At 17, for the first time, I thought I should not go. It was a shock for my parents. They tried to convince me, but they have failed. I finally was discharged for psychiatric reasons. " Haifa, 2009


Isham, 39, journalist: "My parents are Druze and communists. It was clear from the start that I would not do the army because I could not support Israeli policies. There is an Israeli law of 1957, which requires the Druze to the army. Large Druze families had accepted. It was an agreement between two elite youth had nothing to say. Israel's goal has always been to divide and conquer. Israeli policy has worked, young Druze make their army and made to believe they are privileged, but their social situation remains miserable. They do all the dirty work, particularly at checkpoints. I spent a year and a half in prison for disobedience." Haifa, 2009


Guy, 30, Playwright: "It's been a month since I was in the army when I learned that my little sister had died in a suicide bombing in Jerusalem. I stayed in the army for not totally depressing. But it did not work. Much later, I traveled to France where I worked with Palestinian refugees. It was at that point that I decided to be a "missionary" for refusing military service. " Tel Aviv, 2009


Now, 19 years: "Because I grew up in a very Zionist Israeli family when I was a kid I was sure that I would serve in a combat unit. But when I was in a demonstration against the Wall in the West Bank, the Israeli army fired at us. That day, I realized that I would not do my service. I'll go to jail for my family to understand. " Tel Aviv, 2009


Efi, 23, student: "From childhood in Israel, you are made to believe that the army protects you. Significant experience made me realize that this was not the case: I went to Bil'in in the West Bank, where I saw pacifists defend their land protesters. I saw soldiers shoot them and I was shocked. Growing up in Israel, when you're young, it's impossible to be aware of this stuff.". Tel-Aviv, 2009
In 2014, he said: "Today, I think the problem is actually complex. War is a terrible thing and there are people suffering on both sides. But being attacked, I think Israel has a right to defend itself. "

Daniel, a young Israeli, "Of course I'm afraid when it bombed but we are safer in Tel Aviv than in Gaza"

Our special envoy met in Tel Aviv two young Israelis who argue with their "Palestinian brothers".

The bar where we meet Anat Eylon, a petite blonde wearing a beautiful black dress and Daniel Elsohn, brown short hair, on this Friday afternoon is a nice place located south of Tel Aviv. An old harbor with posters of old glories of Israeli music. It serves cold coffee with soy milk. There Arabic music that will loop. It is almost like in a wealthy neighborhood of Ramallah. Besides, Anat and Daniel, even as most of those who frequent this place, argue with their "Palestinian brothers". They have very clear position: an immediate end to the occupation. Just who are unfortunately a minority in Israel and we would like to hear more often. "They give us very little speech, sorry Anat. We hate Néthanyahu but also all the other governments that ruled Israel. They only promote war " , she says.

Anat and Daniel, despite their young age - they both just turned 18, already talk like very tall. They made themselves known because with their peers hundred others, they sent a letter in March to their Prime Minister to tell him all the good they thought their army. And for the world, they would fight for them. Since the Israeli assault on Gaza, voices began a little to be heard.

A courageous act seen by many as an act of treason

In conversation, the siren sounds. Everyone fled to the back of the bar. Anat and Daniel continue as if nothing had happened. Rockets have recently been fired from Gaza. Like the vast majority of them, they will quickly intercepted by the Israeli army. course "I'm afraid when it bombed, admits Daniel. Anyway, we're safer here that Gazans. Them, they have nowhere to flee". Daniel admits that he does not "like Hamas nor the Israeli government". But for him, we can not compare the two. "Hamas is very small. It does not have the same power as Israel. I want much to Israel for killing Palestinians in my name".

Last March, therefore, the refusenik (the name given to those who refuse to go to the army) sent a letter to Benjamin Nethanyahu. A brave but seen by many as an act of treason. Act "in Israel at the end of high school, everyone has to go do his military service. The boys go three, two girls, says Daniel, a desolate air. At the age of 14, I knew I would not go to the army. It's not easy to express it aloud, because since I was little, we were told that serving in Tshahal is to allow everyone to be safe and you can quickly switch to a selfish, see a traitor".

Daniel also tells how in school, even if it never means the Palestinian as an enemy, "we are told that Israel has always survived despite threats". Younger, Anat was like all girls her age: she focused on the fact that she would leave military service. It did not make him particularly fun, but it was like that, and everyone was housed in the same boat. In high school, she meets people who are totally against. "And in my heart, I was, too, says the girl. With the other, I just realized I was not alone in hating the policy of Israeli governments. Israel promotes the war. My country is terrifying".

If Daniel and Anat speak today is mainly to send a message to other, because both are convinced that there is more to Israel Daniel and Anat, be said that we want or believe it. "Most think that there is no alternative but to go to the army. This is false. There are options. The more of us refuse, the more the government will be under pressure". Anat and Daniel are fortunate to be supported by their families through the process. "Many of our friends who have decided to take the same path that we are not. Some hide it. Others definitely confuse with theirs". More than anything, Anat and Daniel hope their refusal to go serve in the military will start a debate. "Today is a subject that dare not approach. In Israeli society today, we can talk about anything but that".

Tonight, Saturday, July 19, they will show in Tel Aviv to demand "stop the massacre in Gaza". "We saw that in Paris, your government denied pro-Palestinian rallies. It's crazy but it does not surprise us, say the two teenagers. At home, when one is pro-Palestinian, one is anti-Semitic. You see, we we are Jews and that does not stop us from being clearly anti-Zionist".

Nadir Dendoune, special envoy to Palestine

Atlas Courier , July 19, 2014

Middle East

Israel: "The Man in prison" for refusing to fight in Gaza

Text by Leela JACINTO

The 09/08/2014

Gilad Halpern was one of the Israeli army reservists entering the Gaza Strip in 2009 was sentenced Thursday [Aug. 7], to 21 days in jail. His crime: not having responded to the call from the Israeli army to fight in Gaza. He spoke by telephone to France 24 from a military base in southern Israel.

On August 11, Gilad Halpern turns 33, but he can not go home to celebrate his birthday. The following week, her son will blow its second birthday, either, Gilad will not fit. It will be held in an Israeli prison.

Friday, August 8, when I called him on his mobile, Gilad was in custody in an army base in southern Israel. The day before, during a hearing, he was sentenced to 21 days in jail for refusing to join his unit in the ground operation of the Israeli army in Gaza. Sunday he expects to be jailed. His cell phone is probably him removed. By then, says Gilad be free to move within the confines of the base, but can not leave.

The young Israeli assumes his choice. "I wanted to make a principled stand, that I found it odious" said Gilad, referring to the protective border operation, which killed more than 1,800 Palestinians, according to. Palestinian sources, more than 65 Israelis, mostly soldiers , "I am ready to pay the price this is an act of solidarity modest -. many people have suffered much" , he adds with humility that characterizes it.

The first time I met Gilad, in 2011, there was no doubt that this new lanky France 24 journalist was an Israeli, facing left, but we're not talking about the Middle East. A year later, Gilad left France to return home, Israel. He first worked in a left-wing newspaper before joining the writing of an English language radio in Tel Aviv. Meanwhile, he had a child, we "like" messages on our respective Facebook pages and that's all.

From the end of the peace process with the second intifada

Gilad is no stranger to Israeli operations in the Palestinian territories. In 1999, shortly after his 18th birthday, when it began military service for three years, he witnessed the last days of the peace process. At the end of compulsory military service, the second intifada was at its height and the young Israeli serving in an armored division in the West Bank.

There are more than a decade, during his military service, Gilad still believed in the "cause". In an interview with Mediapart published on July 24, he explained: "I was aware that the treatment of Palestinians by Israel was unjust and unjustifiable, but I thought - I thought he was still a few years after the end of my service [ military] - it was a temporary "pause" in the peace process, I thought it was in the interest of Israel to end the long conflict, and I thought as long as the risks.. Security had been completed, it could give the Palestinians their independence and their rights. "

But his position changed in 2009, when he was called as a reservist to serve during Operation Cast Lead by the Israeli army in Gaza, in which 1,400 Palestinians were killed, according to a Palestinian official toll. Three civilians and ten soldiers were dead Israeli side. "I was really horrified by what appeared to be an operation of exceptional brutality, which has wreaked havoc in the Gaza Strip" , explains Gilad.

"I came to the conclusion in 2009 that I was not ready to defend a policy of Israeli attack Gaza every two years. The current conflict is not at all necessary. Israeli government had several opportunities to ease tensions with Hamas. I'm not willing to put my name on brutal solutions that can easily be avoided and I will refuse. "

Since the beginning of the protective border operation on July 8, Israel called 86,000 reservists as the offensive qu'approchait land. While the support of the Israeli public to the Gaza operation was increasing, a number of conscientious objection campaigns have been launched, including a petition of former soldiers who refused to serve as reservists.

Arrested at the airport

On 17 July, when Gilad was called for the mobilization, he spent several days making phone calls to explain the various military officials that he had not intended to join its neighborhoods. We finally gave him an ultimatum of 12 hours to join his unit or his case would be transferred to the military police. Gilad has boarded a flight to the Netherlands, leaving Israel a day before international airlines briefly suspended their flights to Tel Aviv. "We planned a vacation next week, but I flew to the Netherlands alone. My family joined me later " , he said.

It was on his return home - with his family - Wednesday, August 6, Gilad was arrested at Ben Gurion Tel Aviv airport and taken to a military base in southern Israel, where he faces a military tribunal. "I told the [presiding military] that this was an act of principle to refuse to participate in combat, and it was a decision that was not easy because I had served in the army in the past " , he says.

In its decision, Gilad has become a "refusenik" as they called conscientious objectors in Israel. Despite the central role of the military as an institution that promotes and unites Israel, the country has already experienced several movements refuseniks. In recent years, as a result of the rightward policy and the Israeli public, denunciation refuseniks grew as Israel found itself increasingly isolated on the international stage.

However Gilad ensures that family and friends have warmly welcomed the decision - including his wife, yet from a large military family. A falsely jovial posted messages on Facebook - "Summer in prison" - prompted comments such as: "Oh no I'm proud to be your friend" and "Very brave of you Gilad I support your action.". But outside of a small family and friends Facebook circle, conscientious objectors face the wrath of a militarized society with little conciliatory refractories.

At the military base where soldiers are busy, Halpern simply said that he had been AWOL ("absent without official permission") without disclosing the political reasons for his decision. "People who make the same choice as me often seen as people who identify with the enemy - there has been a resurgence of nationalist discourse". says Gilad "I do not want to start a political debate that would put me in an awkward position here."

Looking back on the past few weeks, Gilad noted that it could have handled things differently. "I could make excuses - others have done before" , he said. "But I wanted to make a matter of principle. I do not regret it. I could not go. We need a fairly radical position and we must do something. Going to jail, I'm doing something. Now I will be able to talk - not only as an Israeli, but as someone who has paid the price for it. "

(Published on the website france24.com)

Take Action! Call for the release of conscientious objector Udi Segal!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A call to action from New Profile, an Israeli association that supports conscientious objectors...

Udi Segal, 19, a resident of Kibbutz Tovel, visited July 28, 2014 at the base of the military incorporation of Haifa, with a show of support for his refusal to serve in the Israeli army.

Udi justified his refusal to serve for reasons of conscience and his opposition to the occupation of the Palestinian people and the discrimination against Palestinians in Israel. On 28 July 2014, Udi was sentenced to 20 days in military prison and jailed in the prison No. 6 near Atlit.

Udi Segal statement

My name Udi Segal, I'm 19, I'm from Kibbutz Tuval north of Israel, there is a few months I signed the letter of conscientious objectors in 2014 which was sent to the Prime Minister to date It was signed by 130 deserters. In the letter we declare our refusal to serve in the Israeli army. The main reason is the occupation and the continued oppression of the Palestinian people, as expressed by unequal social benefits, disregard for rights, and continued killing of more than 600 people in the last operation in Gaza. In addition, military service contributes to Israeli militarism. Me for example, as a man, and Ashkenazi Jewish, and therefore more likely to have an impact on Israeli society and get out, because I come from a dominant social environment more prone to Israeli militarism, a medium to which I object strongly.

Although there were no occupation, I would refuse to serve in the army because it perpetuates a political, nationalist and capitalist system which I refused to take part and that benefits only a few. I do not think that the military operation in Gaza to protect me. Military operations will not protect me, they will only lead to further military operations as was the case with Operation Cast Lead [2008-2009] which only leads to Operation Pillar of Defense [ November 2012] and continues today with the Border Protective operation, which in turn will likely lead to other military operations. Which would protect a just recognition of the injustice done to the Palestinians. We will not achieve peace as one people shall be oppressed, occupied and surrounded by a wall. This population has not abandoned his desire for freedom and does not rely on any compassion for those who occupy it, so do not expect to live safely in such a situation. To those who still believe they are defending me, in such a situation, if the price to pay for security is 600 dead in Gaza, I'm not interested in that kind of security.

My refusal to serve will be difficult for my family. My brother is in the army, and it might be in Gaza when I find myself in prison, I hope this does not create intractable conflicts... And beyond that, because of me, people will look with distrust my parents and my brothers. I think I contribute to Israeli society, but it seems important to mention that my action is not part of a patriotic or Zionist vision, but with a global vision, a whole that includes Israel. I think the occupation is an obstacle and it is damaging to the Israelis.

Many friends of my age enlisted in the army. I myself come from a militaristic environment, my school has one of the highest percentages of recruitment in the country. Yes, there are many people who stopped to talk to me and put me to the index following my choice. But it is perhaps a good sort through my friendships because I also have friends who enlisted and stayed by my side. I chose to go to jail because unfortunately, Israeli listen more easily those who are willing to sacrifice and pay the price. The prison will withdraw my freedom is something difficult to understand because I had not known until then that the outside in a relative freedom. In addition, for those who reject the occupation, prison conditions can be particularly harsh, as the example of Uriel Ferera recently imprisoned. He refused to wear the uniform and suffered humiliation because of its traditional environment.

The purpose behind my desertion is to end the occupation. But given the present reality, what matters now is that the Israelis open their eyes, they reflect on the meaning of the occupation and what it means to serve in the army, especially teenagers who are approaching conscription.

Regarding the current operation in Gaza, I call basic soldiers and reservists to refuse orders and not to participate in the massacre.

Udi Segal.

(Sources: non-fides.fr, newprofile.org)

Freedom for conscientious objector Uriel Ferera!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Call for the release of Israeli conscientious objector Ferera Uriel, who is currently serving his fifth prison for refusing to serve in the Israeli army!

Fifth prison term for conscientious objector Uriel Ferera. Full details and calls to action and support below.

Ferera Uriel, 19, a native of Beer Sheva, went to the military base incorporation Tel Hashomer, accompanied by a show of support for his refusal to serve in the army. Uriel justified his refusal to serve for reasons of conscience and his opposition to the occupation of the Palestinian people and the discrimination against Palestinians in Israel. On July 21, 2014, Uriel was sentenced to 20 days in military prison and jailed in the prison No. 6 near Atlit 's.

The day before his imprisonment Uriel had declared his opposition to the war against Gaza

"Hello, my name is Uriel Ferera. I am 19 years old and I live in Beer Sheva. I have already spent 70 days in prison, having been convicted five times for refusing to enlist for objection. conscience My reasons for refusal is that the army is violating human rights in the occupied territories, qu'lle kills and humiliates Palestinians To me, as a religious person -. it goes against the idea that God created us all in his image, and we do not have the right to harm human life. AT present, in the context of operations in Gaza, the army attack targets knowing they contain innocent people, women and children. Hopefully this operation will stop, that the occupation will end and we will all live in peace on this earth. Tomorrow I will present myself to the military base incorporation and I refuse again I will begin my fifth term of imprisonment and I am proud.. I refuse to take part in war crimes. "

Stop the massacre in Gaza!

During the last days of his first prison sentence, he was forbidden to any telephone calls including calls to his lawyer association New Profile, and he was forbidden to receive letters of support.

It is important to mention Uriel had made an appeal to the Military Committee of conscientious objection, but his appeal was rejected.

For Ruty, the mother of the objector Argentinean-Israeli consciousness, questioned by the Argentine newspaper Página12 , Israeli society "is a completely sick society. Who in their right mind wants her children to be soldiers and depart kill or die? " She attributes this feeling to Europe in the First World War: "patriotism, there still exists in Israel," she said, estimating that the social context is powered by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "Government on and feeds national pride " , she says.

Since they have arrested Uriel, you have not thought about returning to Argentina?

"The more I see these things, the more I want to stay, the more I want to do, the more I want to talk to people like you so that we know in the world that there are Jews who think differently, some 3,000 people filled the square in Tel Aviv last week to demonstrate for peace, so that we know that we went to protest outside the prison where my son. I am proud to be Jewish, and it annoys me that my people is crap".

"I feel very strongly to some of the people who kill and it annoys me. With my tax money, they buy bombs and bullets. Although I am a pacifist and against the Israeli operation, I also bloodstained hands " , she said. "I want this government to shit starving Jews and murdering Palestinians fall". Uriel will be released when the clock strikes 8:00 in Atlit. And he will be forced, for the sixth time, to enlist in the IDF.

(Source: newprofile.org, losotrosjudios.com)

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