I, Omri Evron, refuse to serve in the army because I am
faithful to the moral principles in which I believe.
My refusal to enlist is a protest against the longstanding
military occupation of the
Palestinian people, an occupation that deepens and
entrenches the hatred and terror between peoples. I oppose
participation in the cruel war for the control over the
occupied territories, a war waged in order to protect the
Israeli settlements and to maintain the "Greater Israel"
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I refuse to serve an ideology that does not recognize the
right of all nations to independence and peaceful
coexistence. In no way am I prepared to contribute to the
systematic oppression of a civilian population and the
deprivation of their rights. These policies are being
carried out by an apartheid regime and the Israeli military
in the occupied territories. I am outraged by the starvation
and incarceration of millions of people behind walls and
checkpoints. I refuse to enlist because I do not believe
that violence is a solution and that war brings peace.
I refuse to serve the arms industries, mega-corporations,
greedy contractors, preachers of racism and cynical leaders
whose business is the advancement of suffering and who rob
people of their basic human rights. I refuse in order to
draw attention to the fact that not everyone is willing to
be indoctrinated by and co-opted for nationalist and racist
causes. With this act I want to express my solidarity with
all prisoners for freedom worldwide. I refuse to believe the
lies that come to sow division and antagonism between
workers on both sides of the border so that they cannot join
hands in the struggle for their rights. I would like my
refusal to be a message of peace and solidarity and to
appeal to all those who kill, and are prepared to be killed,
for interests that are not their own, to lay down their arms
and to join the struggle for a more just world.
Though I am aware that this act constitutes an infringement
of Israeli law, I am compelled to stand by my democratic,
humanist and egalitarian values. Military rule over millions
of Palestinians is not democratic. It is my duty to oppose
any law that makes it possible to deprive others of their
rights and freedom, or to treat them with such violence that
their fundamental humanity is negated.
I refuse against the nationalist "peace for the settlements"
I refuse against the systematic oppression and humiliation
I refuse against the occupation and military rule that
prevents a civilian population from determining its own
I refuse against the apartheid and racist regime.
I refuse to consider people my enemies for reasons of race,
ethnicity or religion.
I refuse to take part in the bloody cycle that is destroying
I refuse in order to call for international solidarity for
of peace and the well-being of all nations that wish to live
freedom and free of exploitation, oppression and war.
I refuse to kill! I refuse to oppress! I refuse to occupy!
I declare my loyalty to peace and refuse to serve the war