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May 15th: International Conscientious Objectors' Day - Protest at Israeli Consul (english)
by a St. Louis, MO activist
Email: instruggle (nospam) hotmail.com
Address: P.O. Box 63033, St. Louis, MO 63163
06 May 2003
Although I am a St. Louisan, I am posting this on the Boston IMC because you have an Israeli Consulate and I hope you will hold a solidarity event like San Francisco.
In addition to the Israeli Consulate in San Francisco, there are Israeli Consulate's in:
Boston, MA 20 Park Plaza #1020 02116 (617)535-0200
Philadelphia, PA 230 S. 15th St 19102 (215)546-5556 Los Angeles, CA 6380 Wilshire Blvd 90048 (323)852-5500 Miami, FL 100 & 330 Biscayne Blvd 33132 (305)925-9400 & 358-8111 Chicago, IL 111 E Wacker Drive #1308 60601 (312)297-4800 New York, NY 800 2nd Ave 10017 (212) 499-5000 Houston, TX 24 E. Greenway Plaza 77046 (713)627-3780
May 15 International Conscientious Objectors' Day:
* Free the Israeli Refuseniks! * End the Occupation! * Free Illegally Detained Palestinians!
Join us on May 15, 2003 for a Rally and Press Conference in front of Israeli Consulates Internationally!
In San Francisco: May 15, 2003 456 Montgomery Street 12 Noon
Israeli Conscientious Objectors proclaim: "We will no longer help to dominate, expel, starve and humiliate an entire people."
The U.S. war on Iraq and the escalating violence in Palestine are all part of the same ongoing war waged for economic gain and political control at the price of enormous human suffering. The conscientious objector movement links Palestinians, Israelis, Jewish Americans, youth, and the antiwar movement; uniting and strengthening our movement with the power of a young person's refusal to fight an unjust war.
Israeli reservists and high school seniors are refusing to serve in the Occupied Territories and oppress the Palestinian people. Some are refusing to serve in the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) altogether.
It is estimated that since the 29th of March 2002, 15,000 Palestinians have been detained, 5,270 of whom remain in prison. Of these, 1,140 Palestinians are under administrative detention -- meaning they have not had a trial, and are imprisoned without charges being brought against them. Worse still, 224 Palestinian children are currently held in Israeli prisons and detention centers inside Israel and in the West Bank. (source: B'Tselem)
Israeli conscientious objectors have declared, "We will no longer help to dominate, expel, starve and humiliate an entire people."
Yet, for this they are being abused and imprisoned and their democratic rights denied.
In Israel, six refuseniks are awaiting trial in late May in front of a military court. They face three-year prison sentences. In addition, six new objectors have just recently been jailed.
On April 1, 2003, U.S. marine Stephen Funk publicly declared his conscientious objection to the war on Iraq, "I refuse to kill - it is impossible to achieve peace through violence." Calls to the GI Rights Hotline have doubled since 2002.
The refusenik movement is growing and subsequently these peace activists are being treated with harsher and harsher consequences.
Their courage, their willingness to speak out publicly at great risk to themselves, has breathed new life into the Israeli peace movement. But conscientious objectors in Israel, the U.S. and throughout the world urgently need our support. Join us in sending a message to the Israeli and U.S. governments that we will not stand by while the brutality of occupation continues and those who call for peace are imprisoned.
Join us, refuseniks and local peace activists, in bringing our petition to Israeli consulates on May 15, International Conscientious Objectors' Day:
We demand, that all refuseniks be immediately freed!
We demand, that Israel recognize conscientious objection as a democratic right,
We demand, a full and unconditional withdrawal of Israeli troops from the Occupied Territories.
We demand, the release of all illegally detained Palestinians.
These actions in the United States have been sponsored by:
* Revolution Youth * Yesh Gvul * A Jewish Voice for Peace * Global Exchange * Refuser Solidarity Network * International Solidarity Movement Support Group * TIKKUN Community * Middle East Children's Alliance * War Resisters League West * Bay Area United for Peace and Justice * Not In Our Name- Bay Area * Refusenik Parents' Forum * Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors * Tzedek
For Resources & Updates on the May 15th protest action, please visit:
www.refusersolidarity.net & www.wri-irg.org
We also call on all peace and human rights activists to write the following officials and demand the immediate release of all refuseniks:
Ariel Sharon Israel Prime Minister Phone: 011-972-2-670-5555 Fax: 011-972-2-566-4838, 011-972-2-670-5475 Email: Webmaster (at) pmo.gov.il
Yossi Amrani San Francisco Israeli Consul General Phone: 415.844.7500 Fax: 415-844-7555 Email: sf (at) israeliconsulate.org
Shaul Mofaz Israeli Minister of Defense Fax: 011-972-3-6917915 or 011-972-3-6916940 or 011-972-3-6962757 E-mail:sar (at) mod.gov.il
Moshe Yaalon Israeli Chief of Staff Fax: 011-972-3-5695594
Menachem Finkelstein Israeli Military Attorney General Fax: 011-972-3-7376052Gil Regev
IDF, Head of Manpower Division Fax: 011-972-3-5699400
Please Endorse Our Petition!
* All refuseniks must be immediately freed! * Israel must recognize conscientious objection as a democratic right! * A full and unconditional withdrawal of Israeli troops from the Occupied Territories! * The release of all illegally detained Palestinians!
City and State:
Sponsored by: Revolution Youth, Yesh Gvul, A Jewish Voice for Peace, Global Exchange, Refuser Solidarity Network, International Solidarity Movement Support Group, TIKKUN Community, Middle East Children's Alliance, War Resisters League West, Bay Area United for Peace and Justice, Not In Our Name- Bay Area, Refusenik Parents' Forum, Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors, Tzedek
(Please return all filled-out endorsements to Refusenik Campaign at revolutionyouth35 (at) hotmail.com)
For More Information, Or to Help with the Organizing, Please Contact:
Revolution Youth Ben Eckstein Organizer 415.504.6301 revolutionyouth35 (at) hotmail.com
Yesh Gvul Ron Gerlitz Organizer & Refusenik ron_and_nurit (at) hotmail.com
A Jewish Voice for Peace Mitchell Plitnick Co-Director 510.465.1777 mitchell (at) jewishvoiceforpeace.org
TIKKUN Community Rabbi Michael Lerner Rabbilerner (at) tikkun.org 510.644.1200
War Resisters League West Jim Haber wrlwest (at) riseup.net