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December 18th, what happened.

December 19th, 2008 — 8:45pm

Yesterday, December 18th, was the Shministim Day of Action in Israel. Even as Tamar Katz remained in solitary confinement, the Shministim were thrilled. They told us they had not seen this much media coverage in Israel of young refusers in years. The global response, which continues to grow, has been overwhelming.

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US War Resisters Stand In Solidarity With Shministim

December 17th, 2008 — 3:40pm

U.S. military servicemembers and veterans who have refused or are currently refusing to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan, stand in solidarity with the Shministim and urge others to support them and take action before December 18th.

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Ed Asner “It’s pretty hard to leave me speechless.”

December 15th, 2008 — 3:18pm

Ed Asner on Huffington Post

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Yuval Ophir-Auron Receives Third Sentence

December 15th, 2008 — 2:12pm

Yuval Ophir-Auron Receives Third Sentence

CO Yuval Ophir-Auron was sentenced on yesterday (14 Dec.) to 21 days in military prison for his refusal to serve in the Israeli military. Continue reading »

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Asner, Zinn join call to free Shministim. Teams lobby Consulate Generals.

December 12th, 2008 — 11:42am

Actor Ed Asner and historian Howard Zinn join American Jewish peace group in call for release of Israeli teenagers
Over 12,000 sign letters to Israeli Minister of Defense calling for release of Shministim, Israel’s young conscientious objectors
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Tamar Katz held in solitary confinement under harsh conditions

December 12th, 2008 — 11:37am

New Profile reports:

As we reported in an earlier update, CO Tamar Katz refused to wear a military uniform when she returned to Military Prison no. 400 for the third time on 1 Dec., and was therefore placed in the Isolation Ward of the prison.     

We now received information that the prison authorities are mistreating Tamar, probably in an attempt to pressure her to wear a uniform against her decision. More specifically, Tamar is not allowed to make phone calls to her family, not allowed to change clothes, and has even been denied the opportunity to brush her teeth.

This calls for some special action to be taken. First and foremost, Tamar herself needs moral support. You can write her messages of encouragement to her prison address:
         Tamar Katz  
         Military ID 5396326
         Military Prison No. 400
         Military Postal Code 02447, IDF
         Fax: ++972-3-9579389

But please be sure to back them up with messages sent by e-mail to, as other messages will take much longer to arrive and might well be blocked.

Letters of protest (faxes are much better than other routes of delivery) would be most effective when sent to the following officials:




    Commander of Military Prison No. 400,
    Military Prison No. 400,
    Military postal number 02447, IDF
    Fax: ++972-3-9579389
    Mr. Ehud Barak,
    Minister of Defence,
    Ministry of Defence,
    Tel-Aviv 64743,
    E-mail: or
    Tel.: ++972-3-6975540 or ++972-3-6975423
    Fax: ++972-3-6976711
    Avichai Mandelblit,
    Chief Military Attorney
    Military postal code 9605, IDF
    Fax: ++972-3-569-43-70

For those of you who live outside Israel, it would be very effective to send protests to your local Israeli embassy. You can find the address of your local embassy on the web.

Also, please send us copies of your letters of protest to are including a sample letter, which you can use or adapt, in sending appeals to authorities on Tamar’s behalf, but feel free to be creative in formulating your messages:

    Dear Sir/Madam,     

    It has come to my attention that Tamar Katz (Military ID number 5396326), a conscientious objector to military service, is being held and mistreated in the Isolation Ward Military Prison No. 400.

    The prison authorities deny Tamar Katz basic liberties and conditions, such as the ability to call her family, to change clothes, even to brush her teeth – all because she refuses to wear a military uniform.

    I therefore call for the immediate and unconditional release of Tamar Katz from prison, without threat of further imprisonment in the future, but pending that, I urge you to make sure the humiliating treatment of Tamar Katz is stopped right away. Imprisoning people for their beliefs is unacceptable; singling them out among prisoners for harsher treatment is unthinkable.


    As usual, we will continue updating on further developments.

Thank you for your attention and action,

    Sergeiy Sandler – New Profile.

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Yuval Ophir-Auron Sentenced Again

December 8th, 2008 — 6:37pm

Conscientious objector Yuval Oron-Ofir was sentenced for the second time yesterday (7 Dec.) to 7 days in military prison for his refusal to serve in the Israeli military. Continue reading »

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Message From Omer Goldman: Believe In The Shministim.

December 8th, 2008 — 6:17pm

The last time I was out of prison, I went to see my dad.

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Yuval’s Mother Speaks

December 3rd, 2008 — 12:38pm

A note from Ayelet Ophir-Auron, mother of jailed Shminist Yuval Ophir-Auron. Continue reading »

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Tamar Katz Receives Third Sentence

December 1st, 2008 — 6:16pm

Conscientious objector, Tamar Katz, a signatory of the 2008 high school seniors refusal letter, was sentenced today, 1 Dec, to 21 days in military prison in solitary confinement.

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