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First prison term for Or Ben-David

October 29th, 2009 — 11:15pm

Or Ben-David, 19, from Jerusalem, a signatory of the 2009-2010 high school seniors letter of refusal, was sentenced earlier today (29 Oct.) to 20 days in military prison. This sentence follows a sentence of seven days of confinement to base given her a week ago (on the evening of 22 Oct). She is now held in the military prison for women (no. 400) in Tzrifin.

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Shministim Remarks in South Africa

October 13th, 2009 — 3:37pm

Read the text of the remarks delivered by Sahar Vardi, Yuval Ophir-Auron, and Omer Goldman at the Ashley Kriel Memorial Lecture Hall at the University of Western Cape in South Africa.

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Shministim 2010

October 13th, 2009 — 3:20pm

n63347377034_8932A new group of Shministim has formed. Their letter of refusal, has already been signed by 88 young Israelis.

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Who’s afraid of young Israelis talking?

October 12th, 2009 — 3:57pm

By Sydney Levy

Are Israeli youth allowed to speak about their views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Not always.

Some believe that the ideals of Israeli democracy and free speech stop at the border. Take the example of the young Israeli conscientious objectors — the Shministm — currently in speaking tours both in the United States and in South Africa.

Here’s Dan Klein, the North America campus director for StandWithUs, speaking to the JPost on the issue:

“I definitely understand that Israelis have the right not to agree with their government. That`s fine. Every citizen in a democracy has that right. But you take that up in your country. Once you take that abroad, what does that gain you?”

I do not understand the distinction he makes. Maybe Dan believes that news and information stop at the border, at any border. Or maybe he ignores the fact that the Shministim have already gathered a great deal of international attention while they were still in Israel: over 60,000 letters of support and counting, over 53,000 hits on their short film in Youtube, and a great deal of media attention in a good number of countries around the world.

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Shministim on GritTV with Laura Flanders

October 11th, 2009 — 3:59pm

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Shministim continue their courage to resist

January 20th, 2009 — 1:49pm

Two women objectors, Raz Bar-David Varon and Maya Yechieli Wind, both signatories of the 2008 high school seniors refusal letter, reported on Wednesday, 14 Jan., at the Induction Base, declaring their refusal to serve in the Israeli military and were sentenced to 14 days in military prison. Continue reading »

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Two Shministim exempt from military service

January 13th, 2009 — 2:42pm

Tamar Katz and Yuval Ophir Auron  were exempt from military service. Tamar on January 6th and Yuval on the 11th.

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Third Prison Term for Raz Bar-David Varon

December 24th, 2008 — 12:06pm

The Shministim Day of Action has come and gone but the cause cannot be forgotten and support continues to grow. After attending the Day of Action in Israel and helping to deliver over 22,000 letters to the Army Headquarters, Raz Bar-David Varon has been sentenced again for the third time. Continue reading »

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December 18th: See The Photos

December 23rd, 2008 — 6:19pm

On December 18th the letters were delivered. The piles and piles of over 22,000 letters are a powerful statement. Thank you to all.

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Thank you, from the Shministim

December 21st, 2008 — 10:16am

Dear friends and supporters,

On the eve of Hanuka, the festive of lights, we, the Shministim, would like to take a moment to thank you for all you’ve done for us and for our struggle.
While we sit down with our families and light the first candle of the holiday, symbolizing the rebellion against an occupying army, some of us are still behind bars, denied the freedom to celebrate the holiday with their loved ones, denied the right to freedom of thought and political conscious.
During this dark period of consecutive jail terms, military trials and attempts to break our beliefs, you were our light.
Each and every one of you who helped with the campaign, who sent a supporting letter, who sent the link of the website to a friend. You’ve let our struggle be heard around the world, the letters, the postcards and posters, the demonstrations, all of those actions fulfilled our wildest dreams.
We would like to thank you once again and wish you all a happy and free holiday.
in solidarity,
The Shministim

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