FREE THE SHMINISTIM – ISRAEL'S YOUNG CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS. The Shministim are Israeli high school students who have been imprisoned for refusing to serve in an army that occupies the Palestinian Territories. December 18, 2008 marked the launch date of a global campaign to release them from jail. Since then another Shministim letter was drafted for 2010, and now, in 2012, another group of Shministim are refusing and being imprisoned. Follow us on Twitter!

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Meet the Shministim

Moriel Rothman - 2012

Name: Moriel Rothman
Age: 23
Location: Jerusalem

Moriel Rothman

Moriel Rothman


Why I am one of the Shministim:

“…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.”

Alon Gurman - 2012

Alon Gurman, 19

Name: Alon Gurman
Age: 19
Location: Tel Aviv
Why I am one of the Shministim:

“ My refusal to serve in the Israeli military, in addition to being a refusal to take part in occupation and apartheid, is an act of solidarity with our Palestinian friends living under Israeli regime, and those who bravely choose to struggle against it.”

Released by the army without being imprisoned

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Noam Gur - 2012

Name: Noam Gur
Age: 18
Location: Kiryat Motzkin
Why I am one of the Shministim:

For years I have been told that this control is supposed to protect me, but information about the suffering caused due to terrorizing the Palestinian population is omitted from the story…

First Sentence: April 16 - April 25 2012 (10 days)

Second sentence: April 29th - May 8th (10 days)

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Or Ben-David Katz - 2010

Name: Or Ben-David
Age: 19
Location: Jerusalem
Why I am one of the Shministim:

I refuse because I want to make a difference. I want all those Palestinian youths who have lost hope to see that there are Israelis who care and who make a different choice. I want all those of my friends who became soldiers or who are about to become soldiers to see that things don’t have to be the way they are…”
Pre-Sentence: 28th Sept. 2009 (7 days of confinement to base)
First Sentence:
29th Oct. 2009 (20 days)
Second Sentence: 16th Nov. 2009 (20 days)
Third Sentence: 15th Dec. 2009 (34 days)

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Efie Brenner - 2010

Name: Efi Brener
Age: 18
Location: Rishon Le Zion (a suburb of Tel-Aviv)

Why I am one of the Shministim:
I object to oppression, whether it is committed by a hierarchical organisation, such as the military is, or whether it is committed by the human species against animals.
First Sentence: 22nd Oct. 2009 (10 days)

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Tamar Katz - 2009

Name: Tamar Katz
Age: 19
Location: Tel-Aviv
Why I am one of the Shministim:

“I refuse to enlist in the Israeli military on conscientious grounds. I am not willing to become part of an occupying army, that has been an invader of foreign lands for decades, which perpetuates a racist regime of robbery in these lands, tyrannizes civilians and makes life difficult for millions under a false pretext of security.”
First Sentence: 28th Sept. - 10th Oct. 2008 (12 days)
Second Sentence:
12th - 30th Oct. 2008 (18 days)
Third Sentence: 1st - 22nd Dec. 2008 (21 days)

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Yuval Ophir-Auron - 2009

Name: Yuval Ophir-Auron
Age: 19
Why I am one of the Shministim:
“I am convinced that it is no one but ourselves who determines that it is our fate to live by the sword. There is another way, which is not the way of war. This is the path of dialogue, of understanding, of concession, forgiveness, of peace.
I believe that a person should take responsibility and feel reconciled to the way he chooses. This is why I shall not join an army behind whose actions I cannot stand and whose behavior I cannot justify.”
First Sentence: 24th Nov. - 5th Dec. 2008
Second Sentence: 7th - 14th December 2008

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News & Updates

A Druze refuser now in prison

May 20th, 2012 — 12:57 am

Armo Naffa
The Israeli Police arrested 18-year-old, Armo Naffaa from the Palestinian town of Bit Jan in northern Israel, after he refused conscription. Armo Naffaa is a member of the Druze religious community, whose male members are conscripted to the Israeli army. He continues a tradition of Druze refusal to join a military that fights an ethnic [...]

Noam Gur has been freed!

May 20th, 2012 — 12:55 am

Refuser Noam Gur was exempted from military service on the 14th of May, several days after she was released from her second prison term of 10 days each. Prior to the discharge she was sentenced to an additional prison term of 15 days, but the prison sentence will not be implemented.
Noam is now no longer [...]

Second Prison Term for Conscientious Objector Noam Gur

May 6th, 2012 — 12:28 am

onscientious objector Noam Gur sentenced to a second term in prison for her refusal to join the Israeli Army.

On Sunday the 29th of April, Noam Gur, was sentenced for additional 10 days in prison for her refusal to enlist. This is her second consecutive prison term. She is held in military prison no. 6, and [...]

Conscientious objector Noam Gur sentenced to prison for her refusal to join the Israeli Army.

April 18th, 2012 — 12:41 am

Noam Gur, 18 year old from, Kiryat Motzkin near Haifa, arrived yesterday morning, Monday, 16 April, to the Induction Base in Tel Hashomer, where she declared her refusal to serve in the Israeli Army as it is an occupying force. She was sentenced to 10 days of imprisonment for her refusal. She has refused to wear [...]

Protest in support of refusers Alon Gurman and Noam Gur

April 17th, 2012 — 07:19 am

Dozens gathered in the entrance to Tel Hashomet military base, where Noam Gur and Alon Gurman were to be imprisoned for refuring to serve in the Israeli army , in their words due to:
We, Noam Gur and Alon Gurman, hereby declare that we will not do that which is been forced on us by the state, and [...]

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