Omer Goldman – 2009

November 24th, 2008 — 12:17pm

Name: Omer Goldman
Age: 19
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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Yuval Ophir-Auron is sentenced

November 24th, 2008 — 8:56am

Yuval Ophir-Auron, a signatory of the 2008 high school seniors refusal letter, was sentenced on Monday, 24 Nov., to 14 days in military prison for his refusal to serve in the Israeli military.

Yuval is 19 years of age. He lives in the Arab-Jewish village Neveshalom / Wahat al-Salaam. He has spent the past few years in high school, where he majored in History and Theatre, and  after graduation volunteered for a year’s civilian service, living in a commune in Yavne. As a volunteer he worked with Ethiopian youth and youth from other disempowered communities. In edition, he volunteered in a nursery for children of refugee and migrant workers in south Tel Aviv.

Yuval refuses to join the Israeli military as it is an occupying force. You can read the full text of his (very eloquent) declaration of refusal here. He is due to be released from prison on 5 Dec. His prison address is:

Yuval is seen in the entrance of the recruiting station in Tel Hashomer army base before he was detained later that day

Yuval Ophir-Auron 

ID number 201205580

Military Prison No. 6

Military Postal Code 01860, IDF


Fax: +972-4-9540580

Since the prison authorities often block mail from reaching imprisoned
objectors, we also recommend you to send your letters of support and
encouragement to the imprisoned (and otherwise detained) objectors via
e-mail to,

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Mia Tamarin – 2009

November 23rd, 2008 — 6:48pm

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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Sahar Vardi – 2009

November 23rd, 2008 — 6:45pm

Name: Sahar Vardi
Age: 18
Location: Jerusalem
Why I am one of the Shministim:
“I realize that the soldier at the checkpoint is not responsible for the wretched policy of the oppressor towards civilians, I am unable to relieve that soldier of responsibility for his conduct … I mean the human responsibility of not causing another human being to suffer.”
First Sentence: 25th – 31st Aug. 2008 (6 days)
Second Sentence: 12th – 30th Oct. (18 days)
Third Sentence: 3rd – 21st Nov. 2008 (18 days)

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Udi Nir – 2009

November 20th, 2008 — 3:00pm

Name: Udi Nir
Age: 19
Location: Tel-Aviv
Why I am one of the Shministim:

“I will not lend my own hand to the occupation and to acts that contradict my most basic values: human rights, democracy and the personal responsibility each and every human being bears towards fellow human beings.”
Sentence: Aug. 21st – Sept. 7th 2008 (18 days)

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Omer Goldman Exempted From Military Service

November 18th, 2008 — 12:06pm

November 18, 2008

Omer Goldman, daughter of the former deputy head of Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service, who has served a total of 35 days since since Sept 2008, was today exempted from military service on medical grounds.

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Women’s Prison Announced Full

November 16th, 2008 — 11:58am

Mia Tamarin has been detained twice in military prison since signing the Shministim declaration of refusal and was again sentenced to 21 days for the third time on 10, Nov. 2008.

The military authorities however delayed the necessary bureaucratic procedures and have not yet sent her to prison. They claim the women’s prison where Mia was meant to be detained is full and unable to accommodate another inmate. They have now announced that Mia’s status is that of “confined base” and she has been ordered to report every morning to the Induction Base for the duration of her sentence instead of being sent to prison.

This seems an uncharacteristic action by the Israeli military and could indicate that it is changing its policies, temporarily at least, to avoid sending declared conscientious female objectors to prison, perhaps in response to growing publicity of the Shministim cause. 

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JVP Announces Shministim Solidarity Campaign

November 10th, 2008 — 5:24am

The Jewish-American group Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) has announced a solidarity campaign with the Shministim, a group of Israeli high school students who refuse to serve in the Israeli military because of the occupation of Palestinian Territories. Historian Howard Zinn, a member of JVP’s Advisory Board, asked tens of thousands of JVP supporters to help secure thousands of letters to the ISraeli Minister of Defense on behalf of the Shministim. The Shministim will hold a Day of Action in Tel Aviv on December 18th to demand release of conscientious objectors who have been imprisoned.

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Maya Yechieli Wind – 2009

January 20th, 2008 — 6:35pm

Name: Maya Yechieli Wind
Age: 19
Location: Jerusalem
Why I am one of the Shministim: “At first, like many other Israeli citizens, I too could not bring myself to confront or criticize the Israeli military’s immoral actions. I realize that this difficulty originated from my sense of identification with soldiers my own age, to whom I could relate. Today it is precisely this realization that leads me to refuse to serve. I cannot recognize the humanity of Israelis but not that of Palestinians. Continue reading »

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