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ISRAELI HIGH SCHOOL REFUSNIKS SPEAK IN PORTLAND - Monday Night

The Israeli "Shministim" Campaign: High School Students Refusing to Serve in the Occupied Territories.
Monday, October 13th, 2003
7:00 p.m.
Location: Service Employees International Union Hall, 3536 S.E. 26th (justsouth of Powell Boulevard)
ISRAELI HIGH SCHOOL REFUSNIKS SPEAK IN PORTLAND

Monday, Oct. 13th, 7 p.m.
Service Employees International Union Hall 3536 SE 26th (south of Powell)

"When the elected government tramples over democratic values and the
chances
for a just peace in the region, we have no choice but to obey our
conscience
and refuse to take part in the attack on the Palestinian people. As
youth about to be called to serve in the military we pledge to do all that
we seefit so as not to serve the occupation."

The Shministim (hebrew for "high-school") youth refusal movement was
founded by a group of young political activits who refuse to serve the
occupation and war crimes committed by the Israeli Occupation Forces in the
territories. Some have already sat in military jail for hundreds of
days for this "crime". Shministim aims to expand the circles of conscientious
objectors, and to promote awareness of this phenomenon, primarily in
high schools and within youth movements. They carry out our work in
solidarity vigils, demonstrations, and other direct actions. In addition to
street activity, the movement aims to support those who refuse to serve who
are confronted by difficulties as a result, such as discrimination in the
schools, at work, etc. Among other activities, they accompany Co's on
the day they are drafted, and hold solidarity vigils.(www.shministim.org)

NOA LEVY: From the age of 13 Noa has been active in politics. She took
part in the youth branch of Peace Now and later in the youth branch of the
Democratic Front for Peace and Equality (Hadash), in which she is
still active. Noa was involved in the Shministim (High School draft
resisters) from its inception and served as spokesperson. Noa received an
exemption from military duty by the Conscience Committee on the grounds of her
opposition to the occupation and militarism. She was born in Tel Aviv
in 1984. She attended the Municipal Hey High School majoring in Biology
and Art.

ALEX MOAR: In the 1973 war, Alex served in the paratroopers. After the
war, he protested against the government's political policies that could
have prevented the war. He deserted from the Army and was charged with
incitement to rebellion. Alex served 6 months in army prison. For several years
Alex was active in Peace Now. He withdrew from political activity until his
son Adam convinced him to take part in demonstrations against the
occupation. Adam has been in military prison for more than 8 months. He is now on
trial with four other draft resisters for their refusal to be inducted into
the Israel Defense Forces due to the occupation.He was born in Haifa in
1955. He is the father of Adam (20), Sol (16), May (13) and Daniel (3). He has
a B.A. degree in sociology and anthropology from the University of Haifa.
Alex is a businessman in the field of nutrition and alternative medicine.

Sponsored by
Jews for Global Justice
Endorsed by:
Portland Peaceful Response Coalition
The Military and Draft Counseling Project
of the War Resisters League - Portland
PSU Progressive Student Union.

www.jewsforglobaljustice.org,  globaljusticejews@yahoo.com
P.O. Box 4963, Portland, OR 97208-4963 503.299.4772
just to clear things up!! 12.Oct.2003 14:48

sickboy

does the use of the term occupation means that if there is no occupation they will serve in the israeli army and service any state 'coz i think this means they are only caring for their own pathatic lives and not caring at all about the people who suffer from the exsistance of all armys and states....
and im sorry if im wrong with my assumptions but the "star of david" on the poster reminds me of the israeli flag and that makes me kind of sick....