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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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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