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shministim letter #2:

215 Youths Vow To Refuse The Occupation

A year after launching their campaign of resistance, Israeli youth-refuseniks are gathering momentuum and expanding their activities

The Shiministim

17 Sep. 2002

To: Prime Minister Ariel Sharon

It has been a year now since we, 62 young people raised in Israel, sent you a letter announcing that we will not take part in the continuing oppression of the Palestinian people. Today, as the situation in Israel and in the Territories deteriorates, we say it again, together with many who have joined us: we refuse to be soldiers of the occupation.

The state of Israel commits war crimes and tramples over human rights, destroying Palestinian cities, towns and villages; expropriating land, detaining and executing without trial, conducting mass demolitions of houses, businesses, and public institutions; looting, closure, curfew, torture, prevention of medical care, construction and expansion of settlements – all these actions are opposed to human morality, and violate international treaties ratified by Israel. In these and other actions Israel systematically prevents Palestinians from carrying on their day-to-day lives. This reality leads to suffering, fear, and despair, which yield terror attacks. Therefore, the occupation is not only immoral; but it also damages the security of Israel's citizens and residents. Such security will be achieved only through a just peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

When the elected government tramples over democratic values and the chances for a just peace in the region, we have no choice but to obey our conscience and refuse to take part in the attack on the Palestinian people. As youth about to be called to serve in the military we pledge to do all that we see fit so as not to serve the occupation. Some of us will refuse to enlist; others will refuse to serve beyond the green line, and others yet will avoid military service in other ways – we view all these means as legitimate and necessary, and we call on other youth, conscripts, soldiers in the standing army, and reserve service soldiers to do the same.

Copies:
Minister of Defense, Benjamin Ben-Eliezer
Minister of Education, Limor Livnat
Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Moshe Ya'alon
Copies:

Minister of Defense, Benjamin Ben-Eliezer
Minister of Education, Limor Livnat
Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Moshe Ya'alon

Signers:

The following signatories have fulfilled their promise. Some have resisted the draft (of these, some sat or are sitting in jail), others refused to serve beyond the green line, and others yet avoided military service in other ways: