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War Profiteer of the Month: RE/MAX

Ariel Gold, CodePink

RE/MAX, one of the world’s largest real estate companies, is contributing to the Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise. Denver based RE/MAX International oversees more than 100,000 franchises in over 100 countries across the world, including Israel. RE/MAX Israel sells homes in all of the major settlements in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and even has an office in the settlement of Ma’ale Adumim.

#WarStartsHere - Auckland Peace Action disrupt weapons expo

From 14th-20th November 2016, Auckland Peace Action – a grassroots group based in Auckland, New Zealand – disrupted a weapons expo and military conference held in their city with a 'Week of Peace', with activists blockading the entrances to the exhibition centre and meeting a visiting US warship with a peace flotilla.

Release conscientious objectors Tamar Alon and Tamar Ze'evi

Land:
  • Israel
Not sent after:
  • 23 Nov 2016
  • Use this form to send the letter below to the relevant authority (Minister of Defence Avigdor Lieberman). You can add your own notes in a separate box after the standard text, if you wish. You must include a name, address, and email address; a copy will be sent to you with a cc to the WRI office (so we have a record of how many email letters have been sent out for this particular case).

Release conscientious objectors Tamar Alon and Tamar Ze'evi

Dear Avigdor Lieberman,

Tamar Alon and Tamar Ze'evi have been imprisoned for their refusal to join the Israeli military.

Tamar Alon and Tamar Ze'evi refuse to enlist in the Israeli Army based on beliefs and conscience. They claim their human right to conscientious objection, as guaranteed by Article 18 of the ICCPR. In a decision from January 2007, the United Nations Human Rights Committee recognised the right to conscientious objection as a legitimate exercise of the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion, as guaranteed by Article 18 ICCPR.

ISRAEL: Conscientious Objectors Tamar Alon and Tamar Ze'evi imprisoned

Land:
  • Israel
Alert:

Tamar Alon (left) and Tamar Ze'evi (right). Photos by Maya Rachlin and Yarden BoytnerTamar Alon (left) and Tamar Ze'evi (right). Photos by Maya Rachlin and Yarden BoytnerOn November 16, Tamar Ze'evi and Tamar Alon declared their refusal to serve in the occupation at the IDF’s Tel Hashomer induction base outside Tel Aviv. A military tribunal sentenced both to two days in prison the same day.

Tamar Alon

Activist:
Land:
  • Israel

My Name is Tamar Alon, I am 18 years old. On the 16th of November 2016, I intend to refuse to enlist in the IDF, and probably will be imprisoned for my actions. My civil duties I wish to fulfill in the national service.

Tamar Ze'evi

Activist:
Land:
  • Israel

My name is Tamar Ze'evi, I'm 19 years old and I’m from Jerusalem. I like hiking in Israel and in the world, and I’m interested in sustainability and education. On the 16/11/16, my supposed recruitment date, I will refuse to join the IDF, and choose to pay the price that the army demands that I would pay for my conscience. The choice not to enlist means to take responsibility for my actions and their meaning, drawing a moral line that I'm not willing to cross, and actively resisting a government and a policy that violates human rights and fueling

Turkey: International observers at the trial of human rights activists and journalists in Istanbul

Şebnem Korur Fincancı and Erol Önderoğlu together with international observers at the courthouseŞebnem Korur Fincancı and Erol Önderoğlu together with international observers at the courthouseThe trial against the president of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (TIHV), Prof. Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı, the journalist Erol Önderoğlu, and the writer Ahmet Nesin began on 8 November. The prosecutor accused the three of producing propaganda for a terrorist organization because of their participation in a freedom of expression campaign for the pro-Kurd newspaper Özgür Gündem.

Before the hearing, international and local observers were invited by the Medical Chamber Istanbul for a gathering in their centre. On a morning gathering, the International Forum for Justice and Freedom, they emphasised their solidarity with the accused.

This week is the International Week of Action Against the Militarisation of Youth

This week is the International Week of Action Against the Militarisation of Youth (14-20 November). There are many actions and events, organised by groups from different countries, happening this week. Please see the list below.

The week is a concerted effort of antimilitarist actions across the world to raise awareness of, and challenge, the ways young people are militarised, and to give voice to alternatives.