Israeli conscientious objectors; Vietnam revisited
The end of war is really very simple; you just refuse to kill for God and country. You just lay down your weapons and refuse to use killing and murder as a way to resolve social problems.
The time has come to let go of ageless hatreds between clans and nations. The time has come to understand that the United States has peacefully integrated all the nations, religions and races on the planet. The time has come to use the internal model of the United States as a beacon of hope that peace and WorldPeace can be achieved worldwide. And it is time for the United States to lead the world in the manifestation of peace as opposed to the continuation of war and chaos and pain and suffering.
You would have to be blind to ignore the fact that peace is breaking out; that the consciousness of the world society is rising above its primal nature to kill and dominate. Together the people of the world are awakening to the possibilities of peace and harmony. In Africa, Europe, Korea and Russia people are coming together for the betterment of humanity.
The whole world saw the insanity of the 911 mass murder. The truth is often paradoxical and where we expected war we are blessed with a new resolution to peace.
Young Israelis refuse military service
Busniness Day September 18, 2002
JERUSALEM About 213 young Israelis called up for national service said in a petition released yesterday they would refuse to serve in an "army of occupation".
The petition was addressed to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Israeli Defence Minister Binyamin ben Eliezer and Education Minister Limor Livnat, said a spokesman for the petitioners, Hagai Matar.
The petitioners accuse Israel of "committing war crimes and violating human rights" in the Palestinian territories, and back any form of refusal to do military service. "Among us there are some who refuse to wear the uniform, others refuse to serve beyond the Green Line (separating Israel from the West Bank and Gaza Strip) and others will find different ways of refusing to serve the occupation," said the petitioners. "The occupation is not only immoral, it also damages our security as it is driving the Palestinians to despair and provoking acts of terrorism."
A year ago, a similar but weaker statement of conscientious objection circulated among new call-ups for military service attracted just 62 signatures.
In addition, 483 reserve officers and soldiers have signed a "refusenik petition", saying they will not serve in the occupied territories. Eight of the signatories appealed to the supreme court on September 4, asking it to endorse their stance by ruling the occupation illegal.
The attorney-general countered by asking the court to deem the plaintiffs' refusal to serve illegal. The army, relying on reservists to pursue its reoccupation of the territories, has toughened its stand against conscientious objectors in recent months, after initially turning a blind eye to the movement. Sapa-AFP
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