The following was published by Yesh Gvul (“There Is a Limit” or “Enough Is Enough”) ~ an Israeli organization that supports “refuseniks.”
On Wednesday, 24 October, Moriel Rothman was sentenced to 10 days in a military prison for his refusal to serve in the Israeli army, after his request for a “Conscience Committee” was rejected without explanation. Following his release, he refused again and was sentenced for 10 more days starting Sunday, 4 November. On Saturday, 10 November, we will gather at the military prison at 06:00 to show our solidarity with Moriel, demand his release, and protest against the violent occupation of the Palestinians.
Moriel Rothman, a 23 year-old Jew who was born in Israel and raised in the United States, returned to Israel last year and declared his refusal to serve in the army on the basis of conscience, opposition to structural violence, and the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. The following comes from his statement:
“It cannot be said lightly, the time has long passed for gentle language and “hear-able” rhetoric: The Occupation is cruelty and injustice manifest. The Occupation is anti-God, anti-Love and staggeringly, constantly violent. The Occupation is based on a system of racial/ethnic separation that does, in fact, resemble South African Apartheid and segregation in the Southern United States until the 1960s. And this “temporary” Occupation is not “on its way out,” but is rather growing in strength every single day. There is almost zero political will within Israel’s government to end it, and the Israeli public has largely accepted the status quo, in which the occupation is basically a theoretical question, and one of which many have grown tired. But the occupation can only be theoretical if you are not occupied, and thus my refusal to support the occupation by serving in the IDF is also an act of solidarity with Palestinians living under occupation.”
On Saturday, 10 November, you are invited to “stand in spirit” with Moriel and all those of conscience who support a just peace.