I reject enlisting to the Israeli army or to any other army, because of national and moral reasons.


Mr. prime minister of Israel, Mr. defense minister of Israel:

I am Omar Zahreddeen mohammad Saad from Maghar village-Galilee.

I received an order to come to the army enlisting offices on 31.10.2012 in order to make checking according to the obligatory enlisting law for the Druze congregation, and here is my answer to your demand:

I refuse to come for checking because I do not accept the law of the obligatory army enlist that is opposed on my Druze congregation.

I refuse that because I am pacifist, and I hate any kind of violence, and I believe that the army institute is the top of physical and psychological violence, and since I received your order for making the checking procedures my life changed completely. I became very nervous and my thoughts were dispersed. I remembered thousands of hard images, and I could not imagine myself wearing the military uniform andparticipating in suppressing my Palestinian people, and fighting my Arab brothers.

I reject enlisting to the Israeli army or to any other army, because of national and moral reasons.

I hate oppression, and I reject occupation. I hate prejudice and restricting freedom.

I hate who arrests children, elders and women.

I am a musician and I play viola. I played in many places and I have many musician friends from Ramallah, Jericho, Jerusalem, Hebron, Nablus, Jenin, Shafaamr, Elaboun, Rome, Athens, Beirut, Damascus, Oslo, and many other places, and we all play for freedom, humanity and peace. Our weapon is music, and it will not be any other kind of weapon.

I belong to a congregation that was oppressed by an unjust law, so how can we fight against our relatives in Palestine, Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon? How can I work as a soldier in Kalandia checkpoint, or in any other occupation checkpoint, and I am who experienced the oppression of checkpoints?

How can I prevent the Ramallah People from visiting Jerusalem? How can I guard the apartheid wall?

How can I be a jailer for my people, while I know that most of the prisoners are captives and freedom and rights seekers?

I play for joy, freedom, and for just peace that is based on stopping settlements and withdrawal of the Israeli occupation from Palestine, and establishing the independent Palestine and Jerusalem will be its capital, and releasing all the prisoners, and the return of all the expelled refugees back to their homeland.

Many of our young people served under the obligatory law of enlisting, and what did we get in the end? Discrimination in all the fields. Our villages are the poorest in the region, our lands were confiscated, and we got no structural maps, and no industrial zones.

The university graduates are the less in our region, and we suffer from a lot of unemployment.

This law of obligatory enlisting has isolated us from our Arab world.

This year I intend to continue my secondary school studies, and I wish to continue my academic studies.

I am sure that you will try to put obstacles in front of my human ambitions, but I say it in a loud voice: I am Omar Zahreddeen Saad, I will not be a victim of your wars, and I will not be a soldier in your army.

Signature: Omar Saad


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