May 2013. Demonstration in solidarity with Israeli refuser Nathan Blanc, opposite of Israeli Ministry of Defence, Tel Aviv.
At 20 years old, Nathan Blanc of Haifa, Israel, has already served 10 prison terms, totaling 177 days to date, for refusing to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces. He believes that human rights violations are practiced against Palestinians on a daily basis in the occupied Palestinian territory.
Mr. Prime Minister of Israel Mr. Defense Minister of Israel
I am Omar Zahr-edeen Mohammad Sa’ad from Maghar village-Galilee.
I received a summons to present myself at the recruitment offices on October 31, 2012 so as to go through the regular tests needed for the army service, compulsory for the Druze community. I wish, however, to make the following statement:
I refuse to go through those tests because I completely oppose the compulsory army service for my people from the Druze community.
Moriel Rothman is an American-Israeli writer and activist. He is based in Jerusalem and is active with the Solidarity Movement. This letter explains why he is refusing to serve in the Israeli military.
Laila El-Haddad, Helena Cobban and Elik Elhanan at the Congressional Briefing.
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