More Israeli refuseniks

Philip Ferguson plf13 at student.canterbury.ac.nz
Fri Apr 26 10:28:13 MDT 2002


>From someone in Israel:


Dear All,

Five Israeli Regular Soldiers are now imprisoned for refusing to serve the
occupation and oppression of the Palestinian People.

The imprisonment of these five is most significant ! They are not the first
young (18-20) conscripts to refuse duties in the campaign of repression.
Others have done so in the past. But their 3-year service places them under
much stricter discipline than reservists called in for a few weeks, and few
have the maturity and self-confidence to face up to the ordeal they can
expect from their superiors until their discharge.  The spread of the
refusal movement to the conscript units marks a notable breakthrough.

IN SOLIDARITY WITH THEM, AND 40 OTHER REFUSENIKS IN MILITARY JAILS, YESH
GVUL AND OMETZ LESAREV ARE HOLDING A JOINT VIGIL AT MILITARY PRISON 6 THIS
SATURDAY, APRIL 27, AT 4:00 P.M.

Meeting point: Bet Oren turn-off, the old Haifa-Hedera highway

Transportation: Jerusalem (Binyanei Haumma) 1:30
          Tel Aviv (Rakevet Tzafon - Arlozorov/Namir) 2:45

There will be transport from the vigil to the TEL AVIV Anti War MARCH  and
Rally (7:00)

Yehudith Harel

----- Original Message -----
From: peretz kidron <mailto:cherryk at zahav.net.il>
To: Peretz Kidron <mailto:cherryk at zahav.net.il>
Sent: Thursday, April 25, 2002 2:08 PM
Subject: 5 conscript refuseniks jailed


Five IDF regulars (conscripts) have received jail sentences for refusal to
take part in the campaign of repression against the Palestinian population.

On April 24, Corp. Alon Sela (Kochav Ya'ir) of an artillery unit was
sentenced to 28 days for refusal to serve in the Hebron area.  He declared:
"Service in the occupied territories causes me moral conflicts I'm unable to
handle. I don't know how others handle them."

On April 25, four additional conscripts got similar sentences after
refusing, each in turn, to serve as guards at the Ktzi'ot ("Ansar 3") prison
camp - recently reopened to hold hundreds of Palestinians detained during
the recent IDF offensive in Palestinian towns and villages:

Sgt. Shay Biran (Hod Hasharon) - combat medic (Military ID: 6994014)
Sgt. Yiftah Admoni (Hod Hasharon) (ID: 6961658)
Sgt. Alon Dror (Kfar Saba) (ID: 7014088)
Sgt. Tomer Friedman (Kfar Saba) (ID: 6993743) - combat medic

All four serve in the Nahal brigade, which consists mainly of youth movement
graduates.  Before enlisting, they volunteered a "service year" devoted to
youth work.  Biran and Friedman had previously seen active combat duty in
the occupied territories.




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