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Support Israeli conscientious objectors

Statement von Kriegsdienstverweigerern aus dem östlichen Mittelmeerraum

Solidarity action outside the Israeli embassy in Athens for Tair Kaminer, Israeli CO currently in jailSolidarity action outside the Israeli embassy in Athens for Tair Kaminer, Israeli CO currently in jailKriegsdienstverweigungs-Gruppen aus dem östlichen Mittelmeerraum haben vor kurzem ein Statement herausgegeben, bei dem es um die fortdauernde militärische Krise in ihrer Region geht. Sie erklärten ihre Solidarität mit den Geflüchteten, die vor Krieg und Unterdrückung flohen und riefen die internationale Gemeinschaft auf, für die Gewalt in der Region friedliche statt militärische Lösungen zu suchen. „Die Reaktion der Welt auf die gegenwärtige regionale Gewalt“, so das Statement, „sollte sein, Gesellschaften aufzubauen, Geflüchteten zu helfen und zwischen Kriegsparteien zu vermitteln, nicht, Waffen zu verkaufen, zu bombardieren und Militärhilfe zu leisten“.

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Solidarity action for Tair Kaminer in Athens

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Amnesty International in Greece held a solidarity action for Israeli conscientious objector Tair Kaminer on 20th March 2016, when Tair was in prison for the third time.

 

"Wir erheben unsere Stimme für Frieden und gegen die Militarisierung"

Gemeinsame Erklärung

von Kriegsdienstverweigerungsgruppen aus dem östlichen Mittelmeer

Wir sind Kriegsdienstverweigerer aus der östlichen Mittelmeerregion. Unsere Region leidet schon lange unter Unterdrückung, Ungerechtigkeit, Militarisierung, Besatzung und Kriegen, wie auch unter Armut, Analphabetentum, Hunger und fehlender sozialer Infrastruktur. In dieser schwierigen Zeit, wenn unsere Region noch stärker in ein Kriegschaos zu versinken scheint, erheben wir unsere gemeinsame Stimme für Frieden und gegen die Militarisierung.

Wie lassen nicht zu, dass dieser Kreislauf der Gewalt, der durch unterdrückerische Staaten und aufgrund wirtschaftlicher Interessen ausgelöst wurde, weiter fortbesteht. Wir weigern uns, Teil dessen zu werden. Wir weigern uns, in Feindschaft zu Völkern zu stehen, die einfach eine andere Nationalität oder Religion haben. Wir werden uns nicht in diese Kriege hineinziehen lassen und in Armeen, die Tod und Zerstörung in die Region bringen.

Class & Socioeconomic Background: an interview with Noam Gur

Return to Conscientious Objection: A Practical Companion for Movements

Another important dynamic to be aware of alongside race and gender is class, or socioeconomic background. We spoke to another activist and conscientious objector, Noam Gur, from the Israeli feminist organisation New Profile, about her experience as a conscientious objector coming from a less socioeconomically privileged background than is typical in the Israeli conscientious objection movement.

Can you give us an overview of your involvement with the conscientious objection movement in Israel?

Noam with the paper eventually exempting her form military service (photo: Oren Ziv / Activestills.org).Noam with the paper eventually exempting her form military service (photo: Oren Ziv / Activestills.org).

It started when I was 18. I refused to join the Israeli army. That was the first time I took part in the conscientious objection movement in Israel. Before that I'd been in touch with New Profile, which is a feminist organisation that also works with conscientious objectors. I contacted them to get help getting out of the army.

After spending some time in jail, I moved to Jerusalem and started taking a more active part. I joined New Profile and I've been a member for the last 3 years.

Support Palestinian and Israeli war refusers

War Resisters' International supports nonviolent resisters in Palestine and Israel. We are in solidarity with conscientious objectors and those who refuse to participate in the Israeli army. Conscription is active in Israel for women and men, for Jewish Israelis and Palestinian Druze. As well as conscripting full-time recruits, reservists are also enlisted after their mandatory military service has ended. Many reservists have been drafted in 'Operation Protective Edge', the Israeli military assault on Gaza.

If you are subject to compulsory military service in Israel, and do not want to go, contact New Profile.

What you can do to support war resisters in Palestine and Israel

While bombs fall on Gaza: Resisting militarism in Israel

Originally posted at: http://afsc.org/friends/while-bombs-fall-gaza-resisting-militarism-israel

While the bombs fall on Gaza and the majority of Israeli society seems to support the continuance of the military attack on Gaza, we, as Israelis horrified by the actions of our government, find our voices lost. What can we say and do? What value might this have? How can our echoes have any impact on the situation now?

Smoke rises over Gaza city by Anne PaqSmoke rises over Gaza city by Anne Paq

Internally in Israeli Jewish-society, it is clear that our voice remains unwelcome – protestors calling for the immediate end of the attack on Gaza have been  physically assaulted, eggs, rocks and chairs thrown at them, and some even hospitalized; celebrities who dare  to criticize the military have been  publically shunned and the majority of the elected opposition in the Knesset are aligning positions with the right-wing government. Those politicians, mostly Palestinians living in Israel, who dared to speak out have been cursed, threatened and physically dragged out of the Knesset.

Petition for Israeli CO Natan Blanc - please sign

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Immediately and unconditionally release conscientious objector Natan Blanc from his 10th term in prison!

You can sign the petition here: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/immediately-and-unconditionally-re...

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Petition text:

Freiheit für die Kriegsdienstverweigerer im Nahen Osten

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Wir, die Bewegung No to Compulsory Military Service (Nein zum Kriegsdienstzwang - Ägypten) und New Profile (Israel), unterstützen in beiden Ländern Frieden und Kriegsdienstverweigerung. Wir betonen das Menschenrecht auf Gewissens- und Religionsfreiheit sowie Selbstbestimmung. Wir verurteilen den Weg, den die Regierungen beider Länder eingeschlagen haben, um Kriegsdienstverweigerer zu behandeln, wie Natan Blanc, Emad el Dafrawi und Mohamed Fathy.

Cycle of release and reimprisonment for Natan Blanc

Israeli conscientious objector Natan Blanc is how in prison for the ninth time. At the end of this spell, he will have been in prison for more than 150 days altogether.

After his seventh prison sentence, Natan appeared in front of the “Incompatibility Committee” - at his request. However, on February 24th they ruled that he could not be released from military service, and was once again scheduled to return to the Induction Centre, and hence faced another imprisonment.

Natan Blanc: Why I will not join the Israeli military

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Natan Blanc is caught in a cat and mouse game with the Israeli authorities: he is being repeatedly released from prison, and then detained again after he refuses to be enlisted in the Israeli army. Here's why he's doing it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pinvfnC6gdI

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