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)

Tamar Katz, while also adhering to a more general pacifist outlook, chose to focus her refusal on the Israeli military and its treatment of Palestinians.

In her declaration of refusal she stated:

“I oppose the anti-Palestinian policy of attrition and the oppression, not because I prefer the Palestinian society to the Israeli one, but out of an understanding that this policy has led us down a dead-end road politically and to immorality, forced especially on soldiers stationed in the Occupied Territories. I am not willing to become on of those holding the gun pointed indiscriminately at Palestinian civilians, and I do not believe that such actions could bring any change except ever more antagonism and violence in our region.”

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2 Responses to “Tamar Katz – 2009”

  1. Tell Israel: Free the Shministim! » Tamar Katz receives third sentence

    […] Tamar Katz, a signatory of the 2008 high school seniors refusal letter, was sentenced today to 21 days in military prison in solitary confinement for her refusal to serve in the Israeli military. […]

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    […] Tamar Katz and Yuval Ophir Auron  were exempt on military service. Tamar on Jan 6th and Yuval on the 11th. […]


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