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Why I Refuse: On God/Love, Nonviolence and Israel’s Military Occupation of the Palestinian Territories.


 Reblogged from The Leftern Wall:

                    اقراوا الرسالة بالعربية                לקרוא את המכתב בעברית

My name is Moriel Zachariah Rothman. I am 23 years old and live in Jerusalem. I lived for most of my life in the United States, but I was born in Jerusalem (and am Jewish) and have thus been an Israeli citizen since birth. As such, I am, like other Israeli Jews, expected to serve in the IDF.

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In the spirit of focusing on what’s breaking through, not what’s breaking down. Too seldom do we hear of those in Israel whose conscience has moved them to refuse to take part in the military occupation of Palestine. I’ve read the statements of many conscientious objectors, past and present. Though his stance is in keeping with others led by their conscience and principles, Moriel Rothman’s statement stands out. There is hope yet.
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