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. 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. are coordinating a day of action on 1st December, to concide with the international Prisoners for Peace day.
Alongside military service, Israel is also dependant on arms for maintaining the occupation of Palestine. Israel buys weapons and components to use in the West Bank and Gaza, and Israeli arms manufacturers sell “battle proven” arms to 130 countries worldwide. Whoever sells weapons to Israel profits from the occupation. Whoever buys Israeli weapons has a strong interest in maintaining it.
Tamar Ze'evi and Tamar Alon were imprisoned in late November - for two days initially, and were then resentenced for another seven. When they are released and continue to refuse, it is likely they will be imprisoned again. You can send a protest email to the Israeli authorities here: http://www.wri-irg.org/en/node/26905
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?
For more information about the involvement of the arms trade in the occupation, please visit:
- ‘The Lab’: http://www.whoprofits.org/sites/default/files/weapons_report-8.pdf
- ‘Who Profits’’s report: http://www.gumfilms.com/projects/lab
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.