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New young Israeli Refusers

New young Israeli Refusers

For decades hundreds of Israeli youth have declared at different times and for different reasons that they will refuse to serve in the Israeli military as they see its actions as immoral. Many times, these conscientious objectors (COs) are imprisoned for refusing to serve in the army, as the military service is mandatory in Israel for all youth at the age of 18 for a period of 3 years for men and 2 years for women … Read entire article »

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Bereaved Families for Peace Shut Out of Israeli High School

Bereaved Families for Peace Shut Out of Israeli High School

by Jesse Bacon One of the most inspiring groups working to end the conflict is the Bereaved Families for Peace, which as their name implies is made up of Israelis and Palestinians who have lost their children to violence and who work together to end the conflict.  As a parent, their work hits me extra hard I hope I will have their courage and that I will never need it. I was excited to read they … Read entire article »

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Military Recruiter in Ha’aretz: “Draft Dodgers Bring Crime.”

Military Recruiter in Ha’aretz: “Draft Dodgers Bring Crime.”

Nice to know that both military recruiters and motivational speakers are horrifying the world over. This article shows the techniques Yom Kippur War hero General Avigdor Kahalani uses to deepen young people’s knowledge of the region’s military history and to motivate them.” First up, sexism! You know those girls who go around saying they’re religious like that singer with her boobs hanging out? If you pretend you’re religious, I’ll take one of you and deal with her … Read entire article »

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Conscientious objector Emelia Marcovich has been sentenced

Conscientious objector Emelia Marcovich has been sentenced

On Sunday 2/2/2010, Conscientious objector (CO) Emelia Marcovich refused to enlist in the Israeli army. Emelia is a part of “The Senior Letter (Shministim) 2009-2010“ which reads “We, High School Seniors that are suppose to enlist the israeli army in followed by the mandatory military service,refuse to take part in any oppression, in the occupation and in wars.” Emelia has been sentenced for 10 days of detention in a closed base (Meitav –Reception and Sorting Base), and she … Read entire article »

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