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Published on Mar 20, 2013

B'Tselem this morning urgently contacted the Army's Legal Advisor for Judea and Samaria, demanding his emergency intervention regarding the detention of numerous children, including some as young as 8 to 10 years old, by the Israeli military this morning in Hebron. Preliminary information received this morning indicates that Soldiers detained or arrested over twenty minors on their way to school. About ten of them were released. The video was filmed by an international activist.

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A Palestinian boy, with his hands cuffed and held above his head, is  forced to stand beside the Israeli soldiers, who later start firing on Palestinian protesters.

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Gerard Horton from Military Court Watch and Salwa Duaibis of Women’s Legal Aid describe Israeli collective punishment and mass arrests in the Occupied West Bank.

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On 6 April, 2015 in the midst of the Passover holidays, dozens of members of the Israeli refusers movement and their supporters gathered at Tel Hashomer military base, near Tel Aviv. They gathered to escort conscientious objector Edo Ramon as he turned himself in for his refusal to serve in the Israel military. This would be his second sentence for his refusal.

Edo was to join refusers Yehiel Nahmani and Efi Droshner, currently imprisoned for the same reasons.

Yaron Kaplan is a 21 year old Israeli who served in the military for the past two years. Now, he refuses to continue his military service so he was also present at this protest. He is likely to be imprisoned in the coming few weeks. They are ready to pay a personal price for the public good.

In his declaration of refusal, Yaron wrote:

“I believe that in order to break this cycle of violence, we must reach out to the Palestinians, acknowledge their pain, and let them live in freedom and dignity.

I believe that the military control over the Palestinians does not enable true dialogue; it only creates more hatred and suffering, and deepens the circle of pain and grief.

My choice not to continue my military service, is my way to break that vicious cycle, and it is one of multiple actions that I take in order to create peace in people's hearts and minds.

I love my country. This action that I take comes from the purest concern and care for its future. I deeply desire that the Jewish people will be able to live in peace, prosperity and safety, in their homeland.

It is clear to me that in order to accomplish this, I must ensure that the Palestinians, which this is also their homeland, will be able to live in peace, prosperity and safety, as well”.

Through its Israel Program, AFSC tries to create spaces where activists can challenge occupation, oppression, and inequality. These young Israelis become more aware of the effect of militarism on their lives and are ready to challenge it. AFSC’s Israel Program coordinator, Sahar Vardi, took a small footage of this protest.

For more on the Israel Program please contact: Svardi@afsc.org

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Join us for Peace and Planet, a mobilization to build a nuclear-free, peaceful, just, and sustainable world!
April 24-26, New York City.
www.peaceandplanet.org

Nuclear abolition connects deeply with struggles to end and prevent wars, increase peace, and achieve economic and environmental justice in our local communities and around the world. Learn more and get involved!

More than one hundred organizations have endorsed the mobilization.

 

Video Credits

 

Peace and Planet poster design

Luba Lukova (www.clayandgold.com)

 

Music

Hey World (Remote Control Version) - Michael Franti & Spearhead

 

Narration

Madeline Schaefer

 

Video sources

Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley (https://archive.org/details/bancroftlibraryucberkeley)

Center for Sacrimento History (www.cityofsacramento.org)

Concord Media (www.concordmedia.org.uk)

Link TV Archive, Link Media, Inc. (https://archive.org/details/link-tv-archive)

okrajoe (https://youtu.be/lEhyTQnU2n8)

Prelinger Archives (https://archive.org/details/prelinger)

 

Image sources

AP Images (www.apimages.com)

Black Rock Solar (https://flic.kr/p/e2PWBo)

Christine Irvine (www.survivalmediaagency.com)

David Shankbone  (https://flic.kr/p/au2RTf)

Esther Lee (https://www.flickr.com/photo.gne?short=au8Mps)

Getty Images (www.gettyimages.com)

Jonathan McIntosh (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ivaw.jpg#/media/File:Ivaw.jpg)

Mark Freeman (https://archive.org/details/NuclearNewsreel)

Scott Lum (https://flic.kr/p/qkjsi1)

Shadia Fayne Wood (www.survivalmediaagency.com)

Sunline Design (http://shop.sun-line.idv.tw/)

Susan Lina Ruggles (www.flickr.com/photos/ruggless/sets/)

Whitlam Institute (http://www.whitlam.org/gough_whitlam/achievements/foreignaffairsandimmig...)

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In this Star Clip we would like to familiarize you with the WebEx set-up process by walking you through everything you'll need to know to get connected to your WebEx meeting.

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AFSC PA's Racial Justice through Human Rights youth group created this video for the If I Had a Trillion Dollars film festival about how raising the minimum wage would support low wage workers. AFSC PA partnered with Pittsburgh's Fight for $15 for this video.

Residents of one community in Guatemala City have transformed a dangerous, abandoned lot into a multi-purpose space that’s bringing people together and helping to make the neighborhood safer.

With AFSC’s support, the 14 de Octubre (October 14) sports field project turned a ravine full of garbage into a soccer field that’s also used for community meetings and events. The project was initiated by residents concerned that the ravine was a breeding ground for drug use and criminal activity.

The project is one example of AFSC’s work in Guatemala, where we partner with schools, universities, community-based organizations, and public institutions to build local peace networks that help reduce urban violence.

Take a look at this dynamic Prezi presentation to find out more about the 14 de Octubre project.

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