Tony Greenstein | 31 December 2016 | Post Views:

Support those young Israeli Jews who Refuse to Serve in Israel’s Occupation Forces & be part of the Criminal Majority

Please read
this message from Tair Kaminer, who spent 159 days in jail for publicly
refusing to enlist.

Tair went to
prison about 6 times, for renewable periods of about 28 days, because she
refused to serve in the Israeli Occupation Forces.
Imagine how
difficult it must have been for her.  Not
simply in spending over 5 months in prison, but in the ostracism and abuse she
received from fellow Israelis who glory in the abuse and racism directed at Palestinians.
would have been considered a ‘traitor’ and worse by the chauvinists and bigots
in the Israeli Jewish community and in the prison structure itself.  Yet despite this she and now two other Israeli
Jewish women, who are also currently serving prison sentences have stuck to
their principles.  Another Israeli Jew,
Atalia Ben Aba will join them in February.
If you are
thinking of a good cause to donate to in the New Year then there is no better
cause to give to than supporting young Israeli Jews who refuse to be a part of
the criminal  majority in Israel.  Please make a donation, however large or
At nineteen, I decided that I would rather sit in
prison than serve in the Israeli army. You may know how the army and its
soldiers are portrayed here in Israel. They are called heroes when in reality,
their actions help prop up the occupation and oppression of Palestinians.
The public campaign my supporters initiated drew attention
from around the world. The support I received from Refuser Solidarity Network
in the U.S. meant that the media in Israel and internationally were reporting
that a young Israeli woman was refusing to serve in an army that violates
international law. The world knows now that Israelis would prefer to defy the
government and military by sitting in prison than going along. 
 I sat in jail for close to six months. But
then, the army gave in. They discharged me because the campaign on my behalf
gave them negative public attention. Pressure works. Thanks to our work, the
army and the government know there is resistance to their actions.
Now, two other young women are beginning their
third term in military prison. Tamar and Tamar have decided that a
peaceful future is too important to risk the alternative by staying silent.
Atalia Ben Aba will join them in February.
I can’t tell you how important the work of refusers
is now, more than ever, in these bleak times.
In solidarity,

 Copyright © 2016 Refuser Solidarity
Network,Inc., All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
PO Box 75392

Washington, DC 20013
Read more about 2 of the Refusers:

Aiden Katri
Tair Kaminer

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