“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Abraham Lincoln

The Shministim.

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Conscientious objection has a long history and is recognised in many countries as a legitimate expression against military service. It would be hard to discuss the Great War without mentioning conscientious objectors and even WW2. Instead of fighting they were often given exceedingly dangerous jobs, such as collecting and caring for the wounded on the battlefield.

And for Israelis there is another battlefield, the occupied territories, the West Bank to the rest of us.

A small group of high-school students, the Shministim, are objecting to serving their military service in the West Bank, they say:

“We, high-school graduate teens, declare that we shall work against the Israeli occupation and oppression policy in the occupied territories and the territories of Israel. Therefore we will refuse to take part of these actions, which are being done under our name as part of the IDF.

Our refusal comes first and foremost as a protest on the separation, control, oppression and killing policy held by the state of Israel in the occupied territories, as we understand that this oppression, killing and routing of hatred will never lead us to peace, and they are all contradictory to the basic values a society that pretends to be democratic should have.

I think they deserve our support.

Their stories are here and at Ynet.

(Hat tip: Janine)

Written by modernityblog

13/12/2008 at 20:55

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  1. Oh my. So are they objecting to military service in general, or just the particular policy? It’s a little variation on the theme, I think.


    13/12/2008 at 23:23

  2. I believe it is THIS particular policy, but either way I support people’s right to be conscientious objectors, if it is a genuine sentiment

    I think they should be offered alternatives to military service


    14/12/2008 at 00:34

  3. Oh I agree. I’m glad the the U.S. Army talked Alvin York out of it, but I think it is perfectly reasonable policy. But I have a problem with giving the status to people who want to pick and choose when it applies.


    14/12/2008 at 13:13

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