Israeli refusniks growing stronger every day
The Israeli refusniks are soldiers in the Israeli Defense Forces who for ethical reasons refuse to serve in the Occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Their stance for ethics and humanity results in discrimination and jail time from the apartheid Israeli government..
"Activists like Laura need our support. Matan reaffirmed the importance of simply receiving a letter, “Jail is an incredibly lonely place. Just to know that there are people hundreds of miles away who know about what you’ve done – it makes it bearable”,
What of the future of the refusenik movement, and hopes for wider change in Israeli society? The High School group isn’t really operational anymore. Matan believes that sending 5 people to prison was a pretty smart move. “Just as many people, actually more, are still dropping out of the army, but in semi-legal ways now – psychological discharge and so forth”.
But that doesn’t mean it’s had no effect. Of course refusal at current rates will have no physical impact, but the psychological effect is different. “Everyone who knows a refusenik questions their own automatic response to joining the army”. In addition people have stopped cooperating more generally, for example giving information to the army. And a range of support groups have been set up."
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When people realize that their government is no longer operating in the best interest of their fellow countrymen, enlistment to the military drops. Israeli incursions into Palestinian territories are obvious violations of human rights that even young Israeli teenagers are aware of. The growing number of psychological discharges are also refusniks, yet aren't counted as such..
The orders to commmit unbearable brutality against Palestinians is daily forced upon IDF soldiers and would likely result in psychological disturbed discharge over time. Having this knowledge beforehand could also effect the psychological well being of potential recruits. No young person in Israel, USA or elsewhere needs to commit human rights violations and genocide in the name of their corrupt government..
You have the right to refuse!!
Misha Hadar's refusal letter written to Israeli Minister of Defense;
"My name is Misha Hadar, I am 19 years old (11.12.1985), and I live in Ramat Hasharon. I am writing to you to ask you to use your authority, as per section 36 of the law of security service (meshulav version) 1986, to release me from military service and to enable me to do alternative civilian service. Below are my reasons."
"Two of my grandparents were Holocaust survivors: my mother's late father and her mother. I remember stories my grandfather told me when I was little – initially, when I was really young, they were adventure stories about his escape. Then, when I grew up a bit, there were stories about the role of the Nazis in his personal history, and finally there was the story of his whole family, most of whom were murdered with only him and his brother managing to flee. My grandmother told me less – only when I started asking her questions once I understood there was more to my grandad's adventure stories. As time passes I still discover parts of this history that I didn’t know before.
I heard about ghettos, about soldiers harassing human beings. These ghettos were not built by the Nazi leadership itself, not by the ideologues of the party. It was the simple soldiers who did the job, who obeyed the orders. And similarly, the soldiers who committed the actual cruelties were not necessarily racists or anti-semites. They were soldiers who had learned to regard human life as something dispensable, soldiers who emerged from a state whose moral principles had lost grip. When I stood in Abu Dis I could not but think of the ghettos my grandfather used to tell me about, and when I traveled by the new highway number 6, past Qalqilya, I had to think of them again.
When I hear eyewitness accounts from soldiers, friends, Palestinians, about the behaviour of Israeli soldiers on the checkpoints, and in the occupied territories on the whole, I can see the same source of this evil – which has long exceeded "singular cases" – in a society in which human life has become cheap – even the lives of that society's own young people. These are lives that are dispensable, young people whose bodies and lives may be requisitioned "for the sake of the nation", a society whose moral awareness has slackened. It is only in such a society that the things that are now happening in Israel and the occupied territories can happen."
"It is because of all this that I ask you to release me from my duty to serve in the Israeli army and to enable me to do alternative civilian service, which I regard as a true contribution to the society of which I am a member. If my request is rejected then I shall be obliged to refuse military service and conscription."
Thanks For Information On Smoke Screen
Kurt Brown, Saint Ram Bone
I am not surprised that a propaganda campaign to appease dissenters in America is ongoing. We are abused by ignorant warlords in America who I have videos of in their violations of our "Open Government Meetings Laws". I do not have the videos of the incarceration and injections and many other horrors including prolonged exile from my family after an assassination attempt by members of the banking regulatory mafia of the federal government of the United States.
I was a bank examiner turned informant, against the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
Their entire regime and government is a lie. We must unite in defiance on a new level. They do not care about us and beat us as if they are not human and neither are we.
How much good it does to take tires, burn them, and make pictures of it is questionable. We need a central nation to oppose the international warlords. One that is free from their tentacles always reaching for entrails. Where is that place? A place can be arranged, but at what cost? We are both strangled economically by their design, or its design.
Mobile Audit Club, thinking out loud
The Mujihadeen remind me of the American Patriots who fought off the British. Now the Iraqis fight off descendants of American patriots, or maybe just mercenaries sent by an international warlord who controls the United States and now wants Iraq and perhaps Palestine and ?.
The Israeli smokescreen
Go to the following website
]and click onto page 3
to hear an interview withacclaimed professor Norman Finkelstein on his hard-hitting new book, Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History, in which he confronts the contrived controversy of anti-Semitism and the misrepresentation or falsification of facts on the ground to suit Israeli and Zionist policy; and the Knight Report.
this website also contains other programs dealing with the palestinian issues.
This other website
also conatains good links to programs and information
The above is alink to the last interview with Farouk Abdel Muhti who died right after this interview on July 21, 2004. He was imprissioned and held without charges for over 2 years in the US. He was imprisioned because he dared to speak out for the Palestinian struggle, and the plight against the zionist occupation of the Palestinian people.
Program about zionism
This is the day of the program at the kpfa website. It is no longer on page 3. You have to look for it by the date.
There are also other programs of interest at that website as well as the flashpoints website.
Monday, October 3rd
We spend the hour with acclaimed professor Norman Finkelstein on his hard-hitting new book, Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History, in which he confronts the contrived controversy of anti-Semitism and the misrepresentation or falsification of facts on the ground to suit Israeli and Zionist policy; and the Knight Report.