A group of Israeli young people are refusing to serve in the IDF as a sign of their opposition to the Occupation. Some of them currently are serving jail sentences for honoring their convictions. Jewish Voice for Peace is campaigning on their behalf, seeking 30,000 signatures by tomorrow, December 18th, for a petition to be presented to defense minister Ehud Barak, asking that their status as conscientious objectors be recognized.
Omer Goldman, daughter of a retired senior Shin Bet officer, explains her act of resistance thus:
Why I am one of the Shministim:
“I believe in service to the society I am part of, and that is precisely why I refuse to take part in the war crimes committed by my country. Violence will not bring any kind of solution, and I shall not commit violence, come what may.”
I encourage my readers to sign the petition if you wish to support young, principled Israelis who are speaking truth to power.
When I was their age I was the first Jew ever to come before my local draft board as a conscientious objector. My application for CO status was approved. It’s not so easy for these young people, which is why we must stand behind them. Join Ed Asner, Ronnie Gilbert, Howard Zinn, Adrienne Rich and other prominent Jewish progressives in endorsing this campaign.