We will not serve
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Thu Sep 6 12:09:34 MDT 2001
i n f o p a l -- The Independent Palestinian Information Network
***  Press release regarding a letter from soon-to-be-soldiers:
"We will not serve!"
***  Text of Letter [including list of (62) names]
 Press release regarding a letter from soon-to-be-soldiers:
"We will not serve!"
We are a group of 62 Israeli youths, about to be called to up to
service in the IDF.
In protest against the severe violations of human rights carried
out by Israel in the occupied territories - be it executions
without trials or brutal sieges imposed on the Palestinian
population - we just sent a letter to the Israeli PM, Ariel
Sharon, in which we inform him that we intend to refuse to take
part in the oppressive actions against the Palestinian people.
Each of us, in his/her own way, will refuse to cooperate with
this horrible occupation - some of us will refuse to enlist
altogether, others will not serve in ground units and/or in the
occupied territories, and some will prefer to leave the army on a
mental-health pretext, in order to avoid service.
We call upon people of our age to join us. During this coming
school-year we will put up stands at high-school gates in order
to persuade more youths to join us. In addition, we will support
the ones who choose to join our cause.
For details and a for copy of the letter:
Haggai Matar - 053-881213
Yair Hilo - 09-7457951
Shani Werner - 055-865422
 Text of Letter (including list of names)
To: Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
CC: Minister of Security, Binyamin Ben-Eliezer
IDF Chief of Staff, Shaul Mofaz
We the undersigned, youths who grew up and were brought up in
Israel, are about to be called to serve in the IDF. We protest
before you against the aggressive and racist policy pursued by
the Israeli government's and its army, and to inform you that we
do not intend to take part in the execution of this policy.
We strongly resist Israel's pounding of human rights. Land
expropriation, arrests, executions without a trial, house
demolition, closure, torture, and the prevention of health care
are only some of the crimes the state of Israel carries out, in
blunt violation of international conventions it has ratified.
These actions are not only illegitimate; they do not even achieve
their stated goal - increasing the citizens personal safety.
Such safety will be achieved only through a just peace agreement
between the Israeli government and the Palestinian people.
Therefore we will obey our conscience and REFUSE to take part in
acts of oppression against the Palestinian people, acts that
should properly be called terrorist actions. We call upon persons
our age, conscripts, soldiers in the standing army, and reserve
service soldiers to do the same.
Spiltzki Lihi Rothchild
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