Conscientious objector sentenced second time

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(05.11.2012) Consientious Objector Moriel Rothman was sentenced on 4 November to another 10 days of imprisonment in military prison no. 6 near Atlit for his refusal to serve in the Israeli Army.

In his refusal declaration Rothman wrote: "But it cannot be said lightly, the time has long passed for gentle language and “hear-able” rhetoric: The Occupation– which is the IDF's primary function these days- is cruelty and injustice manifest. The Occupation is anti-God, anti-Love and staggeringly, constantly violent. The Occupation is based on a system of racial/ethnic separation that does, in fact, resemble South African Apartheid and segregation in the Southern United States until the 1960s. And this “temporary” Occupation is not “on its way out,” but is rather growing in strength every single day. There is almost zero political will within Israel’s government to end it, and the Israeli public has largely accepted the status quo, in which the occupation is basically a theoretical question, and one of which many have grown tired. But the occupation can only be theoretical if you are not occupied, and thus my refusal to support the occupation by serving in the IDF is also an act of solidarity with Palestinians living under occupation." You can read the full declaration on Moriel's Blog here.

Recommendations for action

Please send Moriel letters of support via e-mail to messages2prison(at)

It is also recommended to send letters of protest on the objectors’ behalf, preferably by fax, to: Mr. Ehud Barak, Minister of Defence, Ministry of Defence, Hakirya, Tel-Aviv 61909, Israel. eMail: or, Tel.: ++972-3-6975220, Fax: ++972-3-6962757

New Profile, eMail, November 5, 2012

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