in the military prison! Not in the civil prison!
Tuesday, 17/2/04, at the military court of appeal in Tel Aviv (Hakirya),
the IDF committee for transferring prisoners will hear the case
of the 5 COs, who have been sentenced for a year imprisonment for
refusing to serve in an army of occupation. The army authorities now ask to transfer the five to a civil prison, since they
regard them as a constant
incitement and a potential danger to the military prison,
no matter what they do.
this is obviously a political harassment, ACRI decided to represent
the 5 in this case. Haggai Matar, Matan Kaminer, Shimri Zameret,
Adam Maor and Noam Bahat will be brought to the hearing - AND
WILL BE VERY HAPPY TO SEE US ALL THERE.
us show them our support and call, loudly and clearly: They
do not belong in the civil prison! They do not belong in the military prison! Free
the conscientious objectors!
hearing will start at 9:00; we'll hold the vigil at 8:30, Tuesday,
17/2, outside the military
court of appeal, which is at the junction of Kaplan St. and Petach-Tikva Rd. (opposite the Azrieli shopping mall, where
you can park). To all, who
signed the REFUZ petition at - www.refuz.org.il - calling for the release of the 5 Israeli Conscientious Objectors from
What you can do
is a thank you note to all who signed the Petition, thus joining the community of those who say that it is sometimes neccessary
comments and letters show how thankful we all are that these 5 COs speak for us through their refusal. They are sitting in
jail in the name of all of
us who have signed the petition, and in the name of
hundreds of Israeli youth who are growingly aware that they are being
sent to kill and die in an unjust occupation. By victimizing the
five, the government and the IDF have made clear that they intend to
deter new draftees from acting in accordance with their conscience.
sit in jail - at present in cold, unheated cells exposed to constant petty
harassment. Our aim,
however, is to release them and,
by doing so, remove the fear of jail from all Israeli conscripts.
We cannot let them fade away behind the bars.
cannot give more than they have, WE can do more and WE must.
These are the things we CAN do:
(1) Write a letter to your nearest Israeli Embassy (addresses (http://www.mfa.gov.il/mfa/go.asp?MFAH010m0) and sample letters (http://www.refuz.org.il/Documentation/sample%20letter1.doc) , your Member of Knesset, Parliament, Senate or other representative.
(2) Download & Print our A4-size black and white Posters (http://www.refuz.org.il/Documentation/posters.doc) - and get them displayed anyhere you imagination suggests - your working place, cafe, internet site, staircase of your block, backwindow of your car, local newspaper. We rely on grass-roots techniques - that means you.
(3) Use our "tell a friend email function" yet again - to remind all those of your friends whose names you did not find on the petition.
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in touch - see our latest News and Analysis (http://www.refuz.org.il/News.html).
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