Israel https://wri-irg.org/en en Italian and South African dockworkers refuse to load Israeli ships https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2021/italian-and-south-african-dockworkers-refuse-load-israeli-ships <div data-history-node-id="42400" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <time > 18 May 2021</time> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Unionised dockworkers in the ports of Livorno and Naple have refused to load a shipment of arms destined for the Israeli port of Ashdod, in a show of solidarity with Palestinians facing a military attack from the Israeli Defence Force. A statement from the L’Unione Sindacale di Base (USB) said “The port of Livorno will not be an accomplice in the massacre of the Palestinian people." <a href="https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/israel-palestine-arms-livorno-port-italy-b1848773.html">Media sources</a> said the shipment was eventually loaded by other workers and made its way to Naples, where workers from the Si Cobas union also refused to load the arms, and made a statement denouncing the use of Italian ports to transport arms to Italy.</p> <p>The shipment is understood to contain weapons and explosives. The union was alerted to the shipment by the Genoa-based organisation The Weapon Watch, who monitor arms shipments moving through European and Mediterranean ports.</p> <p>In an action targetting the same company - Zim Integrated Shipping - dockworkers in Durban, South Africa, refused to off-load cargo from a ship docked there. Members of South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) working at the port said they would not off-load cargo following a call from Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions.</p> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Countries</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/228" hreflang="en">Israel</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/112" hreflang="en">Italy</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/230" hreflang="en">South Africa</a></span> </div> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=42400&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="exOcMxyMLPbFhpqfIjRzt7s7Yaz79xkJLa8qSQZpIM0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Tue, 18 May 2021 11:04:23 +0000 Andrew 42400 at https://wri-irg.org UK: Palestine Action shutdown Elbit factory https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2021/uk-palestine-action-shutdown-elbit-factory <div data-history-node-id="42402" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_desktop/public/2021-05/e1vngvuxiaekjh9.jpg?itok=CZo3b2vR 1x" media="screen and (min-width: 992px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2021-05/e1vngvuxiaekjh9.jpg?itok=hJ4a5-1s 1x" type="image/jpeg"/> <img src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2021-05/e1vngvuxiaekjh9.jpg?itok=hJ4a5-1s" alt="Four people stand on the roof of a metal building behind a fence. They are wearing red and holding a palestine flag. The building has red paint on it." title="Palestine on the roof of UAV Tactical Systems. Credit: Guy Smallman" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </picture> <div class="caption">Palestine on the roof of UAV Tactical Systems. Credit: Guy Smallman</div> <time > 21 May 2021</time> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p style="border:none; padding:0cm; text-align:left">Activists from the UK group Plaestine Action have shut down a factory run by Israeli arms company Elbit, in solidarity with Palestinians. The group scaled the fence and roof of the UAV Tactical Systems factory in Leicester on Wednesday 19th June and occupied the roof of the site for six days by the time of writing, stopping work at the factory. The activists hung banners, sprayed red paint, and took photos from inside the factory showing the construction of military drones.</p> <p><div class="embed-media embed-media--rich-twitter"><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr" xml:lang="en" xml:lang="en">Activists in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Leicester?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Leicester</a> entered Israel's arms factory &amp; saw the body of a military drone. The police then entered the building, removed the drone and are currently guarding it. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ShutElbitDown?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ShutElbitDown</a> <a href="https://t.co/SNlXiqgQu8">pic.twitter.com/SNlXiqgQu8</a></p>— Palestine Action (@Pal_action) <a href="https://twitter.com/Pal_action/status/1396765157070708737?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 24, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async="" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></div></p> <p>This is the first time Palestine Action have struck at Elbit’s Leicester site. The site, run by Elbit-Thales joint venture UAV Tactical Systems, manufactures the Hermes drones <a href="https://bdsmovement.net/news/act-solidarity-with-gaza-stop-israels-killer-elbit-drones" target="_blank">used extensively</a> by the Israeli Defence Force. Parts for the drone are made in Britain and used for repression in Gaza, Colombia, Azerbaijan and elsewhere. The site also produces the Watchkeeper drones used by the UK Military and Border force.</p> <p>The Fire Brigade were called by the police to help remove the protesters from the site, but members of the Fire Brigades Union - after assessing the situation - reminded superiors their role "didn't involve law enforcement" and that they stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine.</p> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Countries</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/228" hreflang="en">Israel</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/92" hreflang="en">United Kingdom</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Companies</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/430" hreflang="en">Elbit Systems</a></span> </div> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=42402&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="jy_ogGoepo5js7m4MefHchv5ane1OL10-2VXQdlXmK4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Fri, 21 May 2021 13:35:35 +0000 Andrew 42402 at https://wri-irg.org Amnesty identifies Uzi clone used against protesters in Myanmar https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2021/amnesty-identifies-uzi-clone-used-against-protesters-myanmar <div data-history-node-id="42388" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_desktop/public/2021-04/2021_myanmar_protest_in_hleden.jpg?itok=GRJoy1KX 1x" media="screen and (min-width: 992px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2021-04/2021_myanmar_protest_in_hleden.jpg?itok=a-k_jTSa 1x" type="image/jpeg"/> <img src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2021-04/2021_myanmar_protest_in_hleden.jpg?itok=a-k_jTSa" alt="A huge crowd of protesters taken from above" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </picture> <div class="caption"></div> <time > 22 Apr 2021</time> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Amnesty International <a href="https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2021/02/myanmar-evidence-police-machine-guns-protesters/">has identified a sub-machine gun</a> used by security services in Myanmar against unarmed nonviolent protesters as a <span>BA-94 or BA-93 Uzi clone. The weapon is produced under license by state-owned arms company </span>Myanmar Directorate of Defence Industries.</p> <p>In footage verified by Amnesty, a woman was shot in the head with a live round and lost brain function. The image of the police officer aiming the Uzi clone "<span>is standing at or close to the other side of the road from where the woman was shot.</span>" The incident took place at the end of February.</p> <p>Amnesty International <a href="https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/3/11/myanmar-juntas-systematic-killing-spree-targeted-protesters">has identified other</a> "battlefield weapons" - including MA-S sniper rifles, and MA-1 semi-automatic rifles produced in Myanmar, and RPD light machine guns manufactured in China  - being used against protesters. Joanne Mariner, Director of Crisis Response at Amnesty International, said “<a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-myanmar-politics-amnesty-idUSKBN2B300R">These are not the actions of overwhelmed</a>, individual officers making poor decisions... these are unrepentant commanders already implicated in crimes against humanity, deploying their troops and murderous methods in the open.”</p> <p>Israel has maintained military links with Myanmar. Investigating arms supplies to Myanmar in the aftermath of the genocidal violence against the Rohingya community in the north of Myanmar, the UN reported that Israel was among seven countries that sold arms to Myanmar’s military at a time when it should have known that the weapons “would be used in the commission of serious crimes under international law.” For more information on the military relationships between Israel and Myanmar, see: <a href="https://dimse.info/myanmar/">https://dimse.info/myanmar/</a></p> <p class="Paragraph-paragraph-2Bgue ArticleBody-para-TD_9x"> </p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Countries</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/118" hreflang="en">Myanmar</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/228" hreflang="en">Israel</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Theme</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/507" hreflang="en">Police militarisation</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Police militarisation theme</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/pm-themes/repression-protest" hreflang="en">Repression of protest</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/pm-themes/who-profits" hreflang="en">Who profits?</a></span> </div> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=42388&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="1ZuILUD3oCKitr7pc9M4SVyks3Gtg5IVRiF3vr3Xpno"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Thu, 22 Apr 2021 14:32:37 +0000 Andrew 42388 at https://wri-irg.org Webinar: Campaigning for Conscientious Objection – Public awareness https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2021/webinar-campaigning-conscientious-objection-public-awareness <div data-history-node-id="42378" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_desktop/public/2021-03/30marchleaflet-website.png?itok=6VY1qfxz 1x" media="screen and (min-width: 992px)" type="image/png"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2021-03/30marchleaflet-website.png?itok=YRho6eQE 1x" type="image/png"/> <img src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2021-03/30marchleaflet-website.png?itok=YRho6eQE" alt="CO Webinar on public awareness poster" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </picture> <div class="caption"></div> <time > 18 Mar 2021</time> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The webinar series <strong>Campaigning for Conscientious Objection to Military Service</strong> continue with a new event on <strong>30th March (4pm BST, 5pm CEST, 6pm Cyprus and Israel)</strong>.</p> <p>On this webinar, we will be focusing on <strong>public awareness</strong>: what strategies activists are using to reach out youth and general public to inform them about conscientious objection.</p> <p>On 30th March, we will have three activists from <strong>Cyprus</strong>, <strong>Israel</strong> and <strong>Finland</strong> presenting their campaigns. Speakers will include:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Murat Kanatli,</strong> <em>Activist, <a data-extlink="" href="https://www.facebook.com/kibristavicdaniret" rel="noopener" tabindex="-1" target="_blank"><strong>Initiative for Conscientious Objection in Cyprus</strong></a></em></li> <li><strong>Esa Noresvuo</strong>, <em>Organizational Coordinator,<strong> <a data-extlink="" href="https://akl-web.fi/en#:~:text=AKL%20is%20an%20anti%2Dmilitarist,directly%20related%20to%20conscientious%20objection." rel="noopener" tabindex="-1" target="_blank">The Union of Conscientious Objectors</a>, Finland (AKL)</strong></em></li> <li><strong>Amnon Brownfield Stein</strong>, <em>International Solidarity Coordinator</em>, <a data-extlink="" href="https://www.facebook.com/mesarvot" rel="noopener" tabindex="-1" target="_blank"><em><strong>Mesarvot</strong></em></a> (Solidarity network of political conscientious objectors in Israel)</li> </ul> <p><strong>Mesarvot</strong>, <strong>AKL</strong> and <strong>Initiative for Conscientious Objection in Cyprus</strong> have been organising inspiring campaigns supporting conscientious objectors for many years in Israel, Finland and Cyprus (both North and South) respectively.</p> <p>Find the stories of a number of conscientious objectors supported by Mesarvot in Israel <a data-extlink="" href="https://www.972mag.com/topic/mesarvot/" rel="noopener" tabindex="-1" target="_blank">here</a>. Find a previous campaign organised by Initiative for Conscientious Objection in Cyprus in support of a conscientious objector in Northern Cyprus <a href="https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2019/conscientious-objection-north-cyprus-case-halil-karapasaoglu-and-draft-law-conscientious" tabindex="-1">here</a>. Find information on AKL’s extensive work on conscientious objection <a data-extlink="" href="https://akl-web.fi/en#:~:text=AKL%20is%20an%20anti%2Dmilitarist,directly%20related%20to%20conscientious%20objection." rel="noopener" tabindex="-1" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <h2>Date and Time</h2> <p><strong>30th March, 4pm BST, 5pm CEST, 6pm Cyprus and Israel  </strong></p> <h2>Registration</h2> <p>This event is free however <strong>registration is required</strong>. Please use the link here to register:  <a data-extlink="" href="https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIlduitqzIrHdcKWOroaMiHCanio4kln1im" rel="noopener" tabindex="-1" target="_blank">https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIlduitqzIrHdcKWOroaMiHCanio4kln1im</a></p> <h2>Language/Translation</h2> <p>This event will be in<strong> English with simultaneous translation to Spanish</strong>.</p> <p>The event will last for 1 hour and 30 minutes including Q&amp;A in the end. The webinar will also be followed by a 30-minute community forum allowing a space for attendees to share any relevant updates from their work and countries.</p> <p>This webinar is part of a series ‘Campaigning for Conscientious Objection to Military Service’ organised by <strong>War Resisters’ International</strong>, <a data-extlink="" href="https://quno.org/" rel="noopener" tabindex="-1" target="_blank"><strong>Quaker United Nations Office</strong></a> and <a data-extlink="" href="http://www.ifor.org/#mission" rel="noopener" tabindex="-1" target="_blank"><strong>International Fellowship of Reconciliation</strong></a>. Follow us on our websites and social media for updates on future events.</p> <p>We are looking forward to meeting you on 30th March!</p> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/1" hreflang="en">Right to Refuse to Kill</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Countries</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/228" hreflang="en">Israel</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/155" hreflang="en">Finland</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/238" hreflang="en">Cyprus</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Theme</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/57" hreflang="en">Conscientious objection</a></span> </div> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=42378&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="0fCvEmhwDT7fkMyZVjko5PqdUtle51nh5unKBKjTSBo"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Thu, 18 Mar 2021 21:10:39 +0000 cmoy 42378 at https://wri-irg.org New resource: the Database of Israeli Military and Security Export https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2021/new-resource-database-israeli-military-and-security-export <div data-history-node-id="42348" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_desktop/public/2021-02/dimsephoto.jpg?itok=nr6sR5Qj 1x" media="screen and (min-width: 992px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2021-02/dimsephoto.jpg?itok=ng40IXGz 1x" type="image/jpeg"/> <img src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2021-02/dimsephoto.jpg?itok=ng40IXGz" alt="A screen shot from the DIMSE website" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </picture> <div class="caption"></div> <time > 12 Feb 2021</time> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>A new database of Israeli military and security exports – <a href="www.dimse.info">www.dimse.info</a> - has been launched. The new database, developed by the American Friends Service Committee, is a tool for journalists, academics, campaigners, and other civil society actors critical of Israel’s arms export and its effect on human rights around the world.</p> <p>DIMSE gathers information about Israeli military and security exports listing information by country, by weapons, and by companies. The database presents information about Israeli military and security exports between the years 2000-2020. Beside a detailed list of arms deals for each country, the database analyses the economic and military relations with Israel and shows how Israeli arms were used in the different countries. It also collected instances of human rights violations committed with Israeli arms both in Israel, and by the receiving countries. Among the 46 countries that have been investigated in the database you can find Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India, Azerbaijan, South Sudan, Morocco, Mexico, Colombia, Germany and many more. For example, by combining different information and sources, the database shows how drones that were used by the Israeli air force in Gaza and were involved in the killing of Palestinian civilians, were presented later as “combat-proven” and then sold to different countries, among them, countries that are involved in multiple violations of human rights.</p> <p>Israel is one of the world’s major exporters of military equipment. In 2019, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) ranked Israel as the 8th largest arms exporter in the world. According to different reports, Israel has sold arms to over 130 countries over the past few decades, most of them are unknown to the public. The new database includes data on 46 counties, and more will be updated in the future.</p> <p>Contact person: <a href="mailto:JHempel@afsc.org">JHempel@afsc.org</a></p> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/programme/war-profiteers" hreflang="en">War Profiteers</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Countries</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/228" hreflang="en">Israel</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Theme</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/63" hreflang="en">arms trade</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/62" hreflang="en">small arms</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/507" hreflang="en">Police militarisation</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Police militarisation theme</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/pm-themes/equipment-training-and-tactics" hreflang="en">Equipment, training and tactics</a></span> </div> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=42348&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="_Pk7r1Y-khqBXXo92fWVwDvBeF3L1urX0SqpPi_7xDw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Fri, 12 Feb 2021 11:09:23 +0000 Andrew 42348 at https://wri-irg.org Israel: Sixty teens declare refusal to serve in the army https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2021/israel-sixty-teens-declare-refusal-serve-army <div data-history-node-id="42325" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_desktop/public/2021-01/israeli_cos_-_by_oren_ziv_-_972_mag.jpg?itok=Ka-I_lCd 1x" media="screen and (min-width: 992px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2021-01/israeli_cos_-_by_oren_ziv_-_972_mag.jpg?itok=orPWnClX 1x" type="image/jpeg"/> <img src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2021-01/israeli_cos_-_by_oren_ziv_-_972_mag.jpg?itok=orPWnClX" alt="Conscientious objectors Shahar Peretz (left) and Daniel Peldi at an anti-annexation protest in the city of Rosh Ha&#039;ayin June 2020. (Oren Ziv) " title="Conscientious objectors Shahar Peretz (left) and Daniel Peldi at an anti-annexation protest in the city of Rosh Ha&#039;ayin June 2020. (Oren Ziv / +972 Magazine)" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </picture> <div class="caption">Conscientious objectors Shahar Peretz (left) and Daniel Peldi at an anti-annexation protest in the city of Rosh Ha&#039;ayin June 2020. (Oren Ziv / +972 Magazine)</div> <time > 08 Jan 2021</time> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>On 5th January, sixty teenagers from Israel published an <a href="https://shministim.github.io/?lang=en">open letter</a> declaring their refusal to serve in the army in protest of the policies of occupation and apartheid of the Israeli State.</p> <p>In their letter, called the “Shministim Letter” (referring to the Hebrew term shministim used for high school seniors), the students say:</p> <blockquote><p>The Israeli state is demanding our conscription into the military. Allegedly, a defense force which is supposed to safeguard the existence of the State of Israel. In reality, the goal of the Israeli military is not to defend itself from hostile militaries, but to exercise control over a civilian population. In other words, our conscription to the Israeli military has political context and implications. It has implications, first and foremost on the lives of the Palestinian people who have lived under violent occupation for 72 years. Indeed, the Zionist policy of brutal violence towards and expulsion of Palestinians from their homes and lands began in 1948 and has not stopped since. The occupation is also poisoning Israeli society–it is violent, militaristic, oppressive, and chauvinistic. It is our duty to oppose this destructive reality by uniting our struggles and refusing to serve these violent systems–chief among them the military. Our refusal to enlist to the military is not an act of turning our backs on Israeli society. On the contrary, our refusal is an act of taking responsibility over our actions and their repercussions.</p> </blockquote> <p>Highlighting the role of the military in the occupation, the students explain how they have been exposed to militarism since their childhood:</p> <blockquote><p>...we grew up in the shadow of the symbolic ideal of the heroic soldier. We prepared food baskets for him in the high holidays, we visited the tank he fought in, we pretended we were him in the pre-military programs in high school, and we revered his death on memorial day. The fact that we are all accustomed to this reality does not make it apolitical. Enlistment, no less than refusal, is a political act.</p> </blockquote> <p>The Shministim Letter also draws attention to the arms industry and the links between the military and economic oppression:</p> <blockquote><p>While the citizens of the Occupied Palestinian Territories are impoverished, wealthy elites become richer at their expense. Palestinian workers are systematically exploited, and the weapons industry uses the Occupied Palestinian Territories as a testing ground and as a showcase to bolster its sales. When the government chooses to uphold the occupation, it is acting against our interest as citizens– large portions of taxpayer money is funding the “security” industry and the development of settlements instead of welfare, education, and health.</p> </blockquote> <p>Concluding their letter, the students call for all high school seniors of their age to join them in their refusal:</p> <blockquote><p>We are calling for high school seniors (shministiyot) our age to ask themselves:  What and who are we serving when we enlist in the military? Why do we enlist? What reality do we create by serving in the military of the occupation? We want peace, and real peace requires justice. Justice requires acknowledgment of the historical and present injustices, and of the continuing Nakba. Justice requires reform in the form of the end of the occupation, the end of the siege on Gaza, and recognition of the right of return for Palestinian refugees. Justice demands solidarity, joint struggle, and refusal.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Read the full Shministim Letter <a href="https://shministim.github.io/?lang=en">here</a>.</strong></p> <p><strong>Read an article on the Shministim Letter by +972 Magazine, including the background of the letter and comments by signatories <a href="https://www.972mag.com/sixty-teens-israeli-army-objectors/">here</a>.</strong></p> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/1" hreflang="en">Right to Refuse to Kill</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/465" hreflang="en">Front Page</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Countries</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/228" hreflang="en">Israel</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Theme</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/57" hreflang="en">Conscientious objection</a></span> </div> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=42325&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="afiPydy0EVr2pTyjMBaqsGHv1Zt01BPaK9BXQnuOh1o"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Fri, 08 Jan 2021 21:49:42 +0000 cmoy 42325 at https://wri-irg.org Report: European and Israeli arms sales to Mexico https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2021/report-european-and-israeli-arms-sales-mexico <div data-history-node-id="42320" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <time > 07 Jan 2021</time> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>A new report published by an international coalition of peace organisations explores the way arms companies in Europe and Israel are fuelling violence in Mexico. The report - called "Deadly Trade: How European and Israeli arms exports are eaccelerating violence in Mexico" is based on research by eight organizations and a review of more than 9,000 pages Mexican military documents never before made public. It can be accessed online here: <a href="https://stopusarmstomexico.org/deadly-trade/">https://stopusarmstomexico.org/deadly-trade/</a></p> <p>The report explores how weapons companies based in Europe and Israel have exported more than 238,000 firearms to Mexico for use by police between 2006 and 2018, in addition to thousands of weapons for military use. Gun homicides and other violence by state forces and criminal organizations increased dramatically during this period, while policies in arms exporting countries that neglect or violate human rights have contributed to the violence. Weapons identified in the report include machine guns military-grade assault rifles, submachine guns, sniper rifles, semi-automatic handguns.</p> <p>The report identifies a number of companies exporting weapons to Mexico, including:</p> <ul> <li>Beretta: sold 108,660 weapons including 25,000 rifles and other long guns</li> <li>Heckler &amp; Koch: 19,123 firearms, such as pistols, assault rifles, machine guns, and launchers. Half of the 10,000 G36 rifles exported ended up being used by police in states they were specifically banned from exporting to.</li> <li>Sig Sauer: between 2011 and 2019, Sig Sauer sold at least 13,174 firearms for use by police in Mexico. In April 2020, Sig Sauer exported 50,000 pistols to Mexico from the US for use by the newly formed National Guard.</li> <li>Walther: since 2006, Mexico has received 3,098 pistols manufactured by Walther</li> <li>Israeli Weapons Industry: in 2012 an end use certificate submitted to the U.S. State Department by SEDENA (<span class="aCOpRe"><span>Mexican Secretariat of National Defense)</span></span> requested the export of 1,010 Galil assault rifles manufactured by Israeli Weapons Industry to Mexico, at a value of US$1.7 million.</li> <li>FN Herstal: including over 4000 MINIMI-machine guns and 0.50 caliber heavy machine guns.</li> <li>Česká Zbrojovka: exports include 2,600 CZ 805 BREN assault rifles and CZ P-09 5,000 handguns.</li> </ul> <p>The report also identifies cases of serious human rights abuses carried out by police units known to use weapons produced by European and Israeli arms companies. For example, weapons produced by Beretta and Heckler &amp; Koch have been used by police units involved in the forced disappearance of 43 student teachers from the Ayotzinapa Normal School in September 2014, and National Gendarmerie officers - who are armed with weapons produced by Czech company Česká Zbrojovka - on April 6, 2016 arbitrarily detained and tortured a 17-year-old adolescent.</p> <p>The report was written by: Global Exchange (US), OPAL (Italy), American Friends Service Committee (Israel), Ohne Rüstung Leben (Germany), NESEHNUTÍ (Czech Republic), Vredesactie (Belgium), Agir Pour la Paix (Belgium), Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos, and the Centro de Estudios Ecuménicos (Mexico) It can be accessed online here: <a href="https://stopusarmstomexico.org/deadly-trade/">https://stopusarmstomexico.org/deadly-trade/</a></p> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Countries</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/144" hreflang="en">Mexico</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/267" hreflang="en">Czech Republic</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/101" hreflang="en">Germany</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/166" hreflang="en">Belgium</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/228" hreflang="en">Israel</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/112" hreflang="en">Italy</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Theme</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/507" hreflang="en">Police militarisation</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Police militarisation theme</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/pm-themes/equipment-training-and-tactics" hreflang="en">Equipment, training and tactics</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/pm-themes/who-profits" hreflang="en">Who profits?</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/pm-themes/blurring-lines-between-police-and-military" hreflang="en">Blurring the lines between the police and the military</a></span> </div> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=42320&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="m9U0ABE3IZkwkjIFXsTXQoVRoBhDLuV7_eB5wS2LgpQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Thu, 07 Jan 2021 11:45:25 +0000 Andrew 42320 at https://wri-irg.org Prisoners for peace list: 2020 https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2020/prisoners-peace-list-2020 <div data-history-node-id="42290" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_desktop/public/2020-11/screenshot_2020-11-27_at_20.42.36.png?itok=j7mVgq4H 1x" media="screen and (min-width: 992px)" type="image/png"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2020-11/screenshot_2020-11-27_at_20.42.36.png?itok=2TrQhfag 1x" type="image/png"/> <img src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2020-11/screenshot_2020-11-27_at_20.42.36.png?itok=2TrQhfag" alt="WRI logo grey" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </picture> <div class="caption"></div> <time > 27 Nov 2020</time> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Last Updated: 9 December, 2020</p> <p>Below is a list of some of those currently in prison for their work for peace. Write to them on 1st December, <em><a href="https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2020/prisoners-peace-day-1st-december">Prisoners for Peace Day</a></em>, help us grow our solidarity!</p> <p>We include those whose addresses we can obtain, and who are happy to have their names and stories made public. In some cases, nicknames are used and 'care of' (c/o) addresses given, where that person is happy to be contacted, but does not want their contact details spread publicly.</p> <h2>Ambazonia</h2> <p>Here some of the prisoners for the expression of their conscientiously held belief that the fundamental human rights of the people of Ambazonia, formerly the United Nations Trust Territory of Southern Cameroons under United Kingdom administration, needs to be respected by all — including the French neo-colonial regime in Cameroon and its allies.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Mancho Bibixy</strong> (Sep ’16 —)</li> <li><strong>Tsi Conrad</strong> (Sep ’16 —)</li> <li><strong>Tha Emile Angwe</strong> (Sep ’16 —)</li> <li><strong>Aselech Martin</strong> (Sep ’16 —)</li> <li><strong>Tamngwa Martin </strong>(Sep ’16 —)</li> <li><strong>Mr. Wilfred Tassang </strong>(5 Jan ’19 —)</li> <li><strong>Profesor Augustine Awasum</strong> (5 Jan ’19 —)</li> <li><strong>Dr. Cornelius Njikimpi Kwanga</strong> (5 Jan ’19 —)</li> <li><strong>Dr. Henry Kimeng </strong>(5 Jan ’19 —)</li> <li><strong>Dr. Fidelis Ndeh-Che</strong> (5 Jan ’19 —)</li> <li><strong>Dr. Egbe Ogork</strong> (5 Jan ’19 —)</li> <li><strong>Barrister Shufai Berinyuy</strong> (5 Jan ’19 —)</li> <li><strong>Barrister Eyambe Elias </strong>(5 Jan ’19 —)</li> <li><strong>Dr. Nfor Ngalla Nfor </strong>(5 Jan ’19 —)</li> </ul> <p><strong>For all above, write to: Prison Principale Kondengui Yaoundé, B. P 100, YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon</strong></p> <h2>Eritrea</h2> <p>Eritrea continues to imprison conscientious objectors. The below are all Jehovah's Witness, imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.</p> <p>Eritrea's military service is indefinite, for men and women, and starts in the final two years of high school, which is in a military camp.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Henok Ghebru</strong> (01 Feb ‘05 —)</li> <li><strong>Yosief Fessehaye</strong> (01 Oct ‘06 —)</li> <li><strong>Samuel Ghirmay</strong> (01 Mar ‘09 —)</li> <li><strong>Bereket Habteyesus </strong>(26 May ‘14 —)</li> <li><strong>Yosief Tesfamariam </strong>(01 May ‘12 —)</li> <li><strong>Samuol Dawit </strong>(09 Apr ‘16 —)</li> </ul> <p><strong>For all above, write to: Mai Serwa Prison, Asmara, Eritrea</strong></p> <h2>South Korea</h2> <p>Despite the recognition of the right to conscientious objection, there are still conscientious objectors in prison in South Korea. This year, along with 5 COs currently in prison, there is also a peace activist, Song Kang- ho, who was sentenced to 2 years for his nonviolent protest against the construction of a naval base on Jeju Island, South Korea.</p> <ul> <li><strong>H.H Park </strong>(expected release date 03 Dec ‘21) Write to: <strong>P.O Box 17, Dongsuwonucheguk Gyeonggi- do, 442-190 Republic of Korea </strong></li> <li><strong>J.S Bang</strong> (expected release date 10 Sep ’21) Write to: <strong>P.O. Box 20, Gunpo, Gyeonggi- do, 437-050, Republic of Korea</strong></li> <li><strong>Jong-hoon Eun</strong> (30 Sep 2019 — 30 Mar ‘21) write to: <strong>127, Halmi-ro, Okgu-eup, Gunsan- si, Jeollabuk-do, Republic of Korea (zip code: 54172) </strong></li> <li><strong>Kang-Ho Song</strong> (23 Sep 2021 —) Write to: <strong>Jeju Post Office PO Box 161, Jeju City, Jeju Island, South Korea, (zip code: 63166)</strong></li> <li><strong>S.B Yoo</strong> (Expected release date 27 Oct ’21) Write to: <strong>238-12, Seokgyo-ri, Mado- myeon, Hwaseong-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea </strong></li> <li><strong>Sang-yoon Song</strong> (21 Aug ‘19 — 28 Feb ’21) Write to: <strong>107, Yanghwa-ro, Ganam-eup, Yeoju-si, Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea (zip code: 12655)</strong></li> <li><strong>S.H. Ahn </strong>(expected release date 23 Apr '22). Write to: <strong>Chuncheon Correctional Institution, Box 69 P.O. Chuncheonucheguk Chuncheon-si Gangwon-do, 200-710, Republic of Korea</strong></li> </ul> <h2><strong>USA</strong></h2> <p>In October 24, 2019 seven peace activists were found guilty and charged with a range of crimes, including trespassing, depredation of government property for their protest actions at Kings Bay nuclear submarine base in Georgia on April 4, 2018.</p> <p>This year <strong>Carmen Trotta</strong>, <strong>Clare Grady</strong>, <strong>Elizabeth McAlister</strong>, <strong>Martha Hennessy</strong> and <strong>Patrick O'Neill</strong> were sentenced individually and virtually to serve in prison between 10 to 33 months. <strong>Mark Colville</strong> has not been sentenced as he refuse to give up his right to appear in person in court and until is safe to do so.</p> <p><strong>Fr. Steve Kelly</strong> sentenced to 33 months (which he had already serve) remains in jail in Brunswick waiting to be transported by the U.S. marshals to Tacoma, Washington for a probation violation from a prior trespass conviction at the West Coast Trident base. He refused to comply with supervised probation and was then arrested at Kings Bay.</p> <p><strong>To know how you can support these peace activists and other updates go to: kingsbayplowshares7.org</strong></p> <p><strong>To check Stephen Kelly's address and mail instructions, go to <a href="http://www.nukeresister.org/inside">www.nukeresister.org/inside</a>- out/.</strong></p> <h2><strong>Singapore</strong></h2> <p>Singapore does not recognise the right to conscientious objection. Conscientious objectors usually serve two terms in prison, the first up to 15 months and the second up to 24 months - which means that they can serve up to 39 months behind bars. Bellow all Jehovah's Witness, imprisoned for conscientious objection to military service.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Donovan Yong</strong> (expected release date 31 Dec ‘20)</li> <li><strong>Edrenz James Do Ramos </strong>(expected release date 12 Aug ’21)</li> <li><strong>Ganesh Aravind </strong>(expected release date 12 Aug ’21)</li> <li><strong>Joshua Soon </strong>(Awaiting 2nd martial court)</li> <li><strong>Kang Yu Ho</strong> (Benedict) (expected release date 02 Apr '21)</li> <li><strong>Lie Hao Norman Sek </strong>(expected release date 30 Sep '21)</li> <li><strong>Raj s/o Rajamogn Rohan</strong> (expected release date 12 Aug ’21)</li> <li><strong>Shao Qi Koh </strong>(expected release date 30 Sep '21)</li> <li><strong>Shawn Jonathan Kumar </strong>(expected release date 31 Dec ’20)</li> <li><strong>Yi Jie Lucas Lee </strong>(expected release date 30 Sep '21)</li> <li><strong>Nicholas Ang</strong> (Awaiting 2nd martial court)</li> <li><strong>Ca Leb (Azariah) Wa </strong>(Awaiting 2nd martial court)</li> </ul> <p>For all above, write to: <strong>Singapore Armed Forces Detention Barracks, 402 Lor Kebasi, 688791, Singapore</strong></p> <h2><strong>Tajikistan</strong></h2> <p>In Tajikistan, military service of two years is compulsory for almost all able-bodied young men between the ages of 16 and 27. There is no law regulating alternative service for conscientious objectors and those unable to serve in the armed forces on grounds of conscience face prosecution.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Rustamjon Norov</strong>, 22-year-old conscientious objector, is in prison at the moment and facing prosecution for refusing compulsory military service on grounds of conscience. He faces two to five years' imprisonment if convicted. Write to: <strong>Ya/T 9/2 Investigation Prison, Khujand, Sugd Region, Tajikistan</strong></li> </ul> <h2><strong>Israel</strong></h2> <p>Starting from August, 19 year-old refuser <strong>Hallel Rabin</strong> has spent more than 50 days in military prison in 4 separate terms. She was imprisoned for her refusal to be enlisted. Hallel has recently been released and exempted from military service. However, there might be other Israeli COs jailed for their refusal to be conscripted in the coming weeks and months</p> <p>For up-to-date info on how to write to COs in prison in Israel, please check our <a href="https://www.wri-irg.org/en/programmes/co_alerts">Conscientious Objection Action Alerts</a>.</p> <h2>Turkmenistan</h2> <p>In Turkmenistan, military service is compulsory for men between 18 and 27, and it is generally two years. Despite repeated calls by the United Nations, the Turkmenistan state doesn't offer any civilian alternative to military service. This year nine conscientious objectors are known to be in prison.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Eldor Saburov</strong> (expected release some time in 2022)</li> <li><strong>Azat Ashirov</strong> (31 Jul ‘19 — 31 Jul ‘21)</li> <li><strong>Bahtiyar Atahanov</strong> (15 Jul ‘19 — 31 Jul ‘23)</li> <li><strong>Eziz Atabayev</strong> (19 Dec ‘18 — 31 Dec ‘20)</li> <li><strong>Kamiljan Ergashov </strong>(expected release some time in 2022)</li> <li><strong>Myrat Orazgeldiyev </strong>(expected release some time in 2021)</li> <li><strong>Sanjarbek Saburov</strong> (expected release some time in 2022)</li> <li><strong>Serdar Dovletov</strong> (expected release some time in 2022)</li> <li><strong>Vepa Matyakubov</strong> (expected release some time in 2022)</li> </ul> <p>For all above, write to: <strong>Seydi Labour Camp, 746222 Lebap velayat, Seydi, uchr. LB-E/12, Turkmenistan</strong></p> <h2><strong>Finland</strong></h2> <p>In Finland, there is conscription for all citizens assigned as male at birth. The right to conscientious objection is recognised but the length of alternative civilian service is punitive. For decades, many Finnish conscientious objectors have declared 'total objection', refusing the conscription system altogether (including alternative service), emphasising the system's militaristic content or referring to their religious beliefs. Many total objectors have served time behind bars or in house arrest due to their refusal. Matias Selin, a Jehovah's Witness, is one them who is serving a house arrest due to his total objection at the moment.</p> <ul> <li>Matias Selin (07 Sep '20 - 26 Feb '21). Write to: <strong>Aseistakieltäytyjäliitto, Matias Selin, Rauhanasema, Veturitori 3, 00520 Helsinki, FINLAND</strong></li> </ul> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/1" hreflang="en">Right to Refuse to Kill</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/2" hreflang="en">Prisoners for Peace</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/465" hreflang="en">Front Page</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Countries</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/164" hreflang="en">Eritrea</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/169" hreflang="en">Korea, South</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/216" hreflang="en">United States of America</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/209" hreflang="en">Turkmenistan</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/177" hreflang="en">Tajikistan</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/699" hreflang="en">Ambazonia</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/102" hreflang="en">Singapore</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/228" hreflang="en">Israel</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Theme</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/57" hreflang="en">Conscientious objection</a></span> </div> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=42290&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="lNzuIyR67gvRP3JWW4dzKmZtafS8zM2ahlKBmecUo7s"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Fri, 27 Nov 2020 19:19:51 +0000 cmoy 42290 at https://wri-irg.org Israel: Refuser Hallel Rabin imprisoned again https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2020/israel-refuser-hallel-rabin-imprisoned-again <div data-history-node-id="42283" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_desktop/public/2020-10/Hallel%20Rabin%20-%20%20CO.jpg?itok=8SXqxRbQ 1x" media="screen and (min-width: 992px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2020-10/Hallel%20Rabin%20-%20%20CO.jpg?itok=OoQwtN1x 1x" type="image/jpeg"/> <img src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2020-10/Hallel%20Rabin%20-%20%20CO.jpg?itok=OoQwtN1x" alt="Hallel Rabin" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </picture> <div class="caption"></div> <time > 15 Nov 2020</time> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Israeli conscientious objector Hallel Rabin, 19, was imprisoned again last week, following her refusal to serve in the military. This is Hallel's fourth imprisonment and she was sentenced to more 10 days in military prison. Hallel has already spent 40 days behind the bars in three separate terms.</p> <p>Rabin was first imprisoned in August after appearing before the military’s conscience committee to appeal for a conscience-based exemption. She was tried and sentenced to 15 days in military prison in two separate terms, including during Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year’s holiday. Rabin’s appeal to the military’s conscience committee is still pending. </p> <p>While Hallel remains in prison, activists of <em>Mesarvot, </em>solidarity network of Israeli conscientious objectors opposing the occupation,<em> </em>held demonstrations calling for her release. On 31st October, dozens gathered next to the remote prison camp she was being held. Activists shouted and chanted support messages that were heard from inside the jail. The military prison's administration considered the protest as "a security threat" and threatened to move Hallel to a different compound for no apparent reason. In response, the activists didn't back and continued to organise solidatrity for Hallel through media and legal pressure.</p> <p>There has also been growing international support for Hallel. On 22nd October, War Resisters' International released an urgent call for support for Hallel, responded by hundreds of people from across the world. In response to WRI's call, hundreds of protest emails were delivered to the Israeli Defence Minister Benjamin Gantz. There was also a demonstration held in Athens, Greece by Amnesty International Greece in support of Hallel.</p> <p>Prior to her trial and imprisonment Hallel stated: " My connection to the outside world is only through phone calls with my parents and meetings with my lawyer. I was moved and excited by the enormous wave of international solidarity I received - If I could, I would thank each one of you personally. But the Israeli military forbids any direct contact with the media, diplomats or other supporters, trying to isolate me.  I hope to receive my exemption through the conscience committee, but if that won’t happen, I’m willing to stay in jail for as long as it takes until justice is done." Hallel was also able to record a short refusal statement that was translated to English and published on Youtube. You can watch it <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-h1WUzekUc&amp;feature=emb_title">here</a>.</p> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/1" hreflang="en">Right to Refuse to Kill</a></span> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/465" hreflang="en">Front Page</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Countries</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/228" hreflang="en">Israel</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Theme</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/57" hreflang="en">Conscientious objection</a></span> </div> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=42283&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="FjjAtP9wN6eXET2zhtrp5AQl6UifHr5llVlYXxJ2XHE"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Sun, 15 Nov 2020 17:54:23 +0000 cmoy 42283 at https://wri-irg.org Take Action: Israeli conscientious objector Hallel Rabin imprisoned https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2020/take-action-israeli-conscientious-objector-hallel-rabin-imprisoned <div data-history-node-id="42218" class="node node--type-story node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <picture> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_desktop/public/2020-10/Hallel%20Rabin%20-%20%20CO.jpg?itok=8SXqxRbQ 1x" media="screen and (min-width: 992px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2020-10/Hallel%20Rabin%20-%20%20CO.jpg?itok=OoQwtN1x 1x" type="image/jpeg"/> <img src="/sites/default/files/public_files/styles/single_page_mobiles_and_tablets/public/2020-10/Hallel%20Rabin%20-%20%20CO.jpg?itok=OoQwtN1x" alt="Hallel Rabin" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </picture> <div class="caption"></div> <time > 29 Oct 2020</time> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Israeli conscientious objector <a href="https://wri-irg.org/en/programmes/rrtk/conscientious-objector/2020/hallel-rabin" tabindex="-1">Hallel Rabin</a>, 19, was imprisoned for her refusal to serve in the army. On 19th October, Rabin was sentenced to 25 days in military prison. This is Rabin’s third imprisonment, adding to 15 days she already spent behind bars.</p> <p><a href="https://wri-irg.org/en/programmes/rrtk/co-support-email/2020/release-conscientious-objector-hallel-rabin">Write to the Israeli authorities here demanding Rabin's immediate release. </a></p> <p>Rabin was first imprisoned in August after appearing before the military’s conscience committee to appeal for a conscience-based exemption. She was tried and sentenced to 15 days in military prison in two separate terms, including during Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year’s holiday. Rabin’s appeal to the military’s conscience committee is still pending.</p> <p>In her refusal statement, Rabin says: "I was raised on the values of freedom, compassion and love. Fighting to keep another nation enslaved contradicts these values. For too long, the good people of Israel have agreed to participate in the atrocities committed by the occupation. While I know my refusal is small and personal, I wish to be the change I want to see in the world, and to show that another way is possible."</p> <p>Read Rabin's full declaration <a href="https://wri-irg.org/en/programmes/rrtk/co-declaration/2020/hallel-rabins-declaration-conscientious-objection-military" tabindex="-1">here</a>. Read an interview with her <a href="https://www.972mag.com/israeli-conscientious-objector-hallel-rabin/" rel="noopener noreferrer" tabindex="-1" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <h2>Solidarity</h2> <p>You can send a protest email to the Israeli authorities using our template letter <a href="https://wri-irg.org/en/programmes/rrtk/co-support-email/2020/release-conscientious-objector-hallel-rabin" tabindex="-1">here</a>.</p> <p>As well as filling in our email alert, you can also write to Israel's embassies abroad. Find a list of these <a href="http://www.allembassies.com/israeli_embassies.htm" rel="noopener noreferrer" tabindex="-1" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>Hallel Rabin is accompanied by <em>Mesarvot</em> and supported by <em><a href="https://www.refuser.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer" tabindex="-1" target="_blank">Refusal Solidarity Network</a></em>. Follow <em>Mesarvot</em> on social media (<a href="https://www.facebook.com/mesarvot" rel="noopener noreferrer" tabindex="-1" target="_blank">click here</a>) and subscribe to their updates for future solidarity actions (<a href="https://mailchi.mp/refuser/support" rel="noopener noreferrer" tabindex="-1" target="_blank">click here</a>).</p> <p>War Resisters' International calls for the immediate release of all conscientious objectors. Refusing to kill is not a crime.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Programmes &amp; Projects</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/1" hreflang="en">Right to Refuse to Kill</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Countries</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/228" hreflang="en">Israel</a></span> </div> <div class="field--label tags--label field-label-above">Theme</div> <div class="wri-main--tags"> <span class="rel-tag" > <a href="/en/taxonomy/term/57" hreflang="en">Conscientious objection</a></span> </div> <section class="comments"> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=42218&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="xCwcjbv7oWLdQGKsSvl9Y3utJwp7yCU8knrM01cK_yE"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Thu, 29 Oct 2020 19:51:54 +0000 cmoy 42218 at https://wri-irg.org