Why We Refuse

Abby Zimet


the brink of the Jewish High Holy Days, a time for Jews to re-examine
our behavior and reaffirm our values, two young Israeli women who
refuse to serve in their country's army are launching
a national U.S. speaking tour. Sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace and
CODEPINK, the tour features Maya Wind and Netta Mishly, both
19-year-old members of Shministim, a group of high school seniors who
have gone to prison for refusing to join the IDF upon graduation, as
mandated, because they oppose the ocupation.

From the group's 2008 letter: "It is impossible to harm and imprison in
the name of freedom, and thus it is impossible to be moral and serve
the occupation."

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