The Five released On 15 September 2004
Their release from prison is approaching - prepare yourselves to the party!
The Five will be released from prison on September 15th. We still dont know if they are going to be released from the army then, or whether the army authorities are still planning to try and recruit them yet again. At any rate, we decided that we should use this happy moment to remind ALL Israelis why our sons spent almost two years in Jail. Instead of a private party we plan a public event, a massive party that would demonstrate that the draft resisters spoke for us all: that we must not participate or support the occupation in any way!
The event is planned for 23rd September - details will follow.
On Monday, 6 September, 21:30, Channel 1 will show a TV film made by Uri Barabash about the five draft resisters, Haggai Matar, Matan Kaminer, Shimri Zameret, Adam Maor and Noam Bahat. Barabash did not know the five prior to his project, and his perspective is an external one: his aim is to follow the conscientious objectors' trial and to understand what brought five young men, at the age of 18, to take such an exceptional step and say no to the draft, because of their resistance to the occupation.
Despite the Israeli Broadcast Service's attempts to postpone it indefinitely, the film will be on air this coming Monday. We'd be very happy if you watch it. For us, the refuseniks' parents, it is very important that the heavy price paid by our sons because of their conscientious decision would be widely acknowledged, and that the message they wished the Israeli public to hear would indeed be heard.
Fore those of you who read hebrew there is a review of the movie @ http://e.walla.co.il/?w=/214/548039
The Conscientious Objectors' Parents Forum >