Category: Testimonials


Moriel Rothman - 2012

October 17th, 2012 — 02:27 am

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.”

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Alon Gurman - 2012

April 9th, 2012 — 11:56 pm

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

April 9th, 2012 — 11:51 pm

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

December 9th, 2009 — 11:44 am

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

December 9th, 2009 — 11:10 am

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

December 1st, 2008 — 12:30 pm

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

November 25th, 2008 — 02:52 am

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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Raz Bar-David Varon - 2009

November 24th, 2008 — 01:45 pm

Name: Raz Bar-David Varon
Age: 18
Why I am one of the Shministim:
“I wasn’t born to serve as a soldier who occupies another, and the struggle against the occupation is mine too. It is a struggle for hope, for a reality that sometimes feels so far away. I have a responsibility for this society. My responsibility is to refuse.”
First Sentence: 3rd - 21st Nov. 2008 (18 days)
Second Sentence:
24th Nov. - 30th Nov. 2008
(6 days)
Third Sentence: 21st Dec. - 9th Jan (currently in prison)

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Omer Goldman - 2009

November 24th, 2008 — 12:17 pm

Name: Omer Goldman
Age: 19
Location:
Tel-Aviv
Why I am one of the Shministim:
“I believe in service to the society I am part of, and that is precisely why I refuse to take part in the war crimes committed by my country. Violence will not bring any kind of solution, and I shall not commit violence, come what may.”
First Sentence: 22nd Sept. - 10th Oct. 2008 (18 days)
Second Sentence:
12th - 24th Oct. 2008 (10 days)

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Mia Tamarin - 2009

November 23rd, 2008 — 06:48 pm

Name: Mia Tamarin
Age: 19
Location: Tel-Aviv
Why I am one of the Shministim:

“I cannot become part of an organization the purpose of which is to fend off violence by violence, because it stands unequivocally contrary to everything I believe in and to my whole life. There always is another, non-violent option, and it is this option that I choose.”
First Sentence: 28th Sept. - 10th Oct. 2008 (12 days)
Second Sentence: 12th - 24th Oct. 2008 (12 days)
Third Sentence: 5th - 23rd Nov 2008 (18 days)

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