More Israeli Conscientious Objectors

IssueSeptember - November 2001
News by PN staff

Several young Israeli men are refusing to participate in military service and a number continue to be imprisoned for their principled stance. As we went to press at least three were serving short sentences in military prisons.

In an extract from a letter written in prison, CO David Haham explained his motivation for refusing to bear arms: “I am imprisoned over my refusal to take part in repression of the Palestinian people, because I feel it is out of the question to be a Jew, son of a people of refugees, and yet repress a people of refugees.” Solidarity actions have taken place and are being encouraged by CO support groups such as Conscientious Objectors in Israel and Yesh Gvul.
You can lend your support by contacting either group for an up-to-date list of imprisoned COs, and sending letters of protest to the Israeli military and government (address below).