Taking a Stand ~ Not in My Name!

This is what real courage looks like.

This amazing post on the blog, 4justpeace, reports the story of 50 young Israeli “refuseniks” who are likely to go to prison for refusing conscription in the Israel “Defense” Force.

These brave citizens of the World refuse to support a system which routinely violates human rights of the Palestinian people and Israelis alike. Their statement quoted on the blog is very moving.

Bravo to the “Refuseniks!”

If you can find a way to support this movement, please do so. Here’s their website: http://www.yeshgvul.org.il/en/about-2/. “There is a limit !”

And please follow 4justpeace.wordpress.com.


Soldier at Nonviolent Demonstration Photo Credit: Dawn Soldier at Palestinian Nonviolent Demonstration
Photo Credit: Dawn

We Refuse to Serve in the Occupation Army! It is not easy to take an unpopular stand for what we know is right! And I am proud of the 50 Jewish Israeli teenagers who on March 8th published an open letter to Netanyahu declaring their decision to refuse conscription because of the military occupation of Palestinian territories ~ “In these territories, human rights are violated and acts defined under international law as war-crimes are perpetuated on a daily basis.” ~ For having the courage to follow their conscience, these 50 teenagers will likely be imprisoned.

Soldiers Patrolling the Old City of Hebron Photo Credit: Dawn Soldiers Patrolling the Old City of Hebron
Photo Credit: Dawn

According to Ruth Hiller from New Profile, a feminist Jewish Israeli organization that supports conscientious objectors, “These youth are also protesting the way in which the army influences civilian life, deepening the sexism, militarism, violence…

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About VFP Linus Pauling Chapter

Veterans For Peace (VFP) is dedicated to eliminating war as an implement of foreign policy and to that end, works to educate the public about the true costs of war. Veterans For Peace (VFP) Linus Pauling Chapter 132 is a chapter of Veterans For Peace, St. Louis, MO, which has been waging peace since 1985 and is an NGO recognized by the United Nations. The local chapter and the national organization are both 501(c)3 non-profit organizations. Veterans For Peace is made up of veteran and associate members. More information about the national organization, including our Statement of Purpose and contact information for a VFP chapter near you, may be found at: www.veteransforpeace.org.
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