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(en) ISRAEL: Conscientious objection against the occupation*

Date Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:52:02 +0200

This letter was signed by 70 young men and sent it to the Prime Minister of Israel: ---- We, the people of the state of Israel, we intended to military service. ---- We invite readers of this letter to put aside what they have always taken for granted, and to reconsider the implications of military service. ---- We, the undersigned below, we intend to refuse military service, and the main reason for our opposition to the military occupation of the Palestinian territories. Palestinians in the occupied territories live under Israeli rule, even though they are not elected and have no legal recourse to influence the regime or decision-making processes. It is neither egalitarian nor simple. In this region, the violation of human rights as defined by international law as war crimes and repeated daily. These include assassinations (extrajudicial killings), the construction of settlements in the occupied countries, administrative arrests, torture, collective punishment and unequal distribution of resources, such as water and electricity. Any form of military service reinforces the status quo, and therefore, according to our conscience, we can not be part of the system to which the above-mentioned offenses.

The problem with the military does not start and end with the damage caused by Palestinian society. It infiltrates the daily life of Israeli society also: shaping the educational system, our work opportunities, and promotes racism, violence and ethnic, national and gender discrimination.

We refuse to help the military system of promotion and constant repetition of male dominance. In our opinion, the Army encourages violent and militaristic ideal where "might is right". This ideal is harmful to everyone, especially for those who do not fit into it. Furthermore, we oppose oppressive, discriminatory and gender structure of power within the military itself.

We refuse to give up their principles as a condition to be accepted in society. We thought about our profound rejection and we stand behind our decisions.

We invite our colleagues, those who are currently serving the military and / or in the reserves, and the Israeli public to reconsider its stance on the occupation army and the role of the military in civil society. We believe in the power and ability of civilians to change reality for the better, creating a more just society. Our refusal to express this belief.
* Copied from Serbian anarchists blog http://bit.ly/OsO0pt
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