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Israel: Solidarity with Israelian conscientious objectors

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Sliman Abu Ruken

The Israeli military imprisoned me for 10 days for staying true to my moral compass

(23.10.2022) Sliman Abu Ruken, a 19 years old Druze enlistment refuser, had spent 10 days in military prison. With support by the Mesarvot network he received his military exemption three weeks ago. This is his statement:

Shahar Schwartz

Israel: Conscientious Objector jailed for 10 days

(19.08.2022) An IDF disciplinary body sentenced 18-year-old Israeli conscientious objector Shahar Schwartz to 10 days in military prison on Monday over his refusal to serve in the army. Schwartz, who graduated from high school this year, was jailed after appearing before the IDF’s conscientious objectors committee where he declared his intention to refuse service due to Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians.

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Israel: Today is my enlistment day to the military

I am going to refuse enlistment

(15.08.2022) When I was 10 years old, during the Gaza war in 2014, I was home alone when I heard the missile alarm. It wasn’t the first time I experienced it in my life but it was the first time I was alone. I live in an old house that doesn’t have a shelter so I sat in the hallway and waited for the alarm to stop. It was the scariest moment of my life. Fortunately for me, I live in central Israel, and wasn’t in real danger, but as a child all I felt was great fear.

Wd., 22nd June, 2022, 4pm London, 5pm Berlin, 6pm Tel Aviv: Refusing to serve in the military in Israel

A Conversation with conscientious objectors Shahar Perets and Eran Aviv

In a webinar on June 22, 2022, refusers Shahar Perets and Eran Aviv will explain their approaches to conscientious objection in Israel and address the importance of conscientious objection to a peace and reconciliation process in the Middle East.

The webinar will be held in Hebrew and English with simultaneous interpretation.

The webinar is free but registration is required. You can register here:

The webinar is organized by War Resisters’ International, Connection e.V., Refuser Solidarity Network und Mesarvot