Prisoners for Peace Day 2016

Start date: 
1 Dec 2016

Write to peace activists in prison - find the details you need here, and download a pdf here.

Each year on 1st December War Resisters' International and its members mark Prisoners for Peace Day, when we publicise the names and stories of those imprisoned for actions for peace. Many are conscientious objectors, in gaol for refusing to join the military. Others have taken nonviolent actions to disrupt preparation for war. This day is a chance for you to demonstrate your support for them.

WRI has a permanent Prisoners for Peace list, and we make a special effort to update for Prisoners for Peace Day on December 1st.

We invite you to put aside some time on December 1st, or a day close to it, to send cards that express your solidarity. You can find the names and address here: http://www.wri-irg.org/inprison

Many groups organise events around Prisoners for Peace Day, such as vigils, street stalls and write-ins. We will list them on this page. Write to hannah@wri-irg.org if you are planning an event for Prisoners for Peace Day and we will advertise it here.

1st December this year will also be a day of action to support war refusers in Israel. See info for that below.

Please use #PfP16 to spread the word about the day on social media.

For more information visit: http://wri-irg.org/campaigns/prisoners_for_peace

Download a list of Prisoners for Peace here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st December: Refuse to occupy - international Day of action

Tamar Alon, Atalya Ben Abba and Tamar Ze'evi are facing imprisonment for refusing to serve the Israeli occupation. Support them by joining us on December 1st for an international day of action.

Vigils will take place outside arms manufacturing facilities and other locations calling on governments to stop arming the Israeli occupation rather than profiting from it.

As long as Europe trades with the Israeli weapon industry - the occupation will continue. As long as the US continue to arm Israel and buy its weapons - young Israelis will continue to be imprisoned for refusing to aim these weapons toward civilians.

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THEY REFUSE to gas civilians, will the US refuse to buy Israeli teargas?
THEY REFUSE to shoot civilians, will EAST ASIA refuse to buy Israel guns?
THEY REFUSE to bomb Gaza, will we call OUR COUNTRIES to refuse to trade drones with Israel?

THEY REFUSE to serve the occupation, WE refuse to profit from it.
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During November and December three young Israeli women will refuse to conscript and serve the Israeli occupation. They would rather sit in prison than inflict military rule in the West Bank, and oppress Palestinians.

Alongside military service, Israel is also dependant on arms for maintaining the occupation. Israel buys weapons and components to use in the West Bank and Gaza, and Israeli arms manufacturers sell “battle proven” arms to 130 countries. Whoever sells weapons to Israel- profits from the occupation. Whoever buys Israeli weapons - has a strong interest in maintaining it.

On December 1st, international Prisoners for Peace Day, groups will protests worldwide; in the US, Germany, France, Greece, UK and Israel, requesting local government and arms manufacturers to stop arming and profiting from the occupation.

These demonstration will be in solidarity with the growing stream of Israeli Conscientious Objectors, as like them, we refuse to take part in the occupation and refuse to have any profit from it.

Do you want to join a group taking action or organise an additional one?
Contact mesarvot.im@gmail.com

For more information about the involvement of the arms trade in the occupation, please visit:

The international day of action is organized by Mesarvot; a network of Israeli organizations, groups and individuals who support political Conscientious Objectors, War Resisters' International, Refuser Solidarity Network, Association France Palestine Solidarity and Connection.ev.
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