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. Just this week, it seems the army decided to discharge him.
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.
My name is Moriel Zachariah Rothman. I am 23 years old and live in Jerusalem. I lived for most of my life in the United States, but I was born in Jerusalem (and am Jewish) and have thus been an Israeli citizen since birth. As such, I am, like [most] other Israeli Jews, expected to serve in the IDF. I moved back to Jerusalem last year, and I recently received a draft notice from the IDF. After much thinking, wrestling and searching, and drawing inspiration from my community and from many who have made the same choice before me, I have decided to refuse to serve in the army.
Laila El-Haddad, Helena Cobban and Elik Elhanan at the Congressional Briefing.
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