Conscript facing jail again for refusing to go against his conscience

A handful of Israeli teenagers go to prison every year because they refuse to serve in their country’s army on grounds of conscience. Nineteen-year old Natan Blanc from Haifa has been through this seven times in four months. Blanc says he will not participate in human rights violations against Palestinians in the Occupied Territories. HeContinue reading Conscript facing jail again for refusing to go against his conscience

Are Israel’s refusers modern day heroes?

Are Israel’s refusers modern day heroes? All facets of refusal may be instrumental in changing the conscription process and refusal to serve in the Israeli military is not always the outcome of opposing the Occupation. It takes courage and demands fortitude and wide support. By Ruth L. Hiller Different people refuse to enlist in Israel’sContinue reading Are Israel’s refusers modern day heroes?

Michael Tippett – a renowned British composer, an active pacifist

Sir Michael Tippett (1905 – 1998) without doubt was a significant British composer of the 20th century. His oratorio ‘A Child of Our Time‘, composed during the Second World War, deals with violent incidents of those years in the context of the experiences of oppressed people generally, and carries a strongly pacifist message of ultimateContinue reading Michael Tippett – a renowned British composer, an active pacifist

Israeli conscientious objector Natan Blanc has been imprisoned for the SEVENTH time

Israeli conscientious objector Natan Blanc has been imprisoned for the SEVENTH time Israeli conscientious objector Natan Blanc was imprisoned today for the seventh time. 19-years-old, from Haifa, Natan Blanc declared his refusal to serve in the Israeli Army for the seventh time on 28th February, and was sentenced to 20 days’ imprisonment for his refusal. ClickContinue reading Israeli conscientious objector Natan Blanc has been imprisoned for the SEVENTH time

The Pink Certificate – The Documentary (BBC World Service)

“Why homosexual men are not allowed to be conscripted into the Turkish army.” Emre Azizlerli lifts the lid on the only country within the Nato military alliance to discriminate against homosexuals in this way. “There’s a Turkish saying that every man is born a soldier; and in Turkey every man is conscripted for military serviceContinue reading The Pink Certificate – The Documentary (BBC World Service)

‘This land is mine’

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/50531435] nina says” A brief history of the land called Israel/Palestine/Canaan/the Levant. Who’s-killing-who viewer’s guide here: blog.ninapaley.com/2012/10/01/this-land-is-mine/” if you scroll down on both the vimeo and blog entries you will read that the work has inspired (or triggered?) many reactions. the power of the art?

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Arrangement for Gay Soldiers in Turkish Armed Forces?

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Arrangement for Gay Soldiers in Turkish Armed Forces? The new regulation sets forth “sexual identity and behavioral disorders” instead of “psychosexual disorders” of the former regulation and cancels Article 17. The article in question lists psychosexual disorders as “homosexuality, transvestism and others” and divides inconvenience for military service into two categories:Continue reading “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Arrangement for Gay Soldiers in Turkish Armed Forces?