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Thursday, January 15, 2004
      ( 1:14 PM )
Do Something

On January 4, 2004 an Israeli military court sentenced five refuseniks to one year in jail for refusing to serve in the military. "The judges declared that the five conscientious objectors deserved to be harshly punished, since they questioned the morality of the miliary's actions and challenged the legitimacy of the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip."

There is now a petition , sponsored by the parents of refuseniks, that you can sign to support these men and their stand against a brutal and illegal occupation.

Our children - Adam, Hagai, Matan, Noam and Shimri
- have been sentenced to repeated, and practically
unlimited, periods in military jails until they surrender.
Their "crime" is that they refuse to serve the Israeli
Army in order to enforce the occupation - they have
chosen to be prisoners rather than jailers.

We believe that our children have been so severely
punished because of their opinions. We believe that
the severity of the punishment reflects the Israel
Government's fear of those opinions. It is the
Government's policy to suppress those ideas by
intimidating our children.

The Israeli refusenik community is calling for international help. You can send faxes to Brig. Gen. Gil Regev (972-3-569-2933), who can revoke the sentences. You can also sign the petition. Make a difference. It's a small thing to you. It's a huge thing for humanity.

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