Wednesday, December 31, 2008


Shministim protest against the imprisonment of an Israeli refuser. The posters feature a quote from Henry David Thoreau - "Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a
just man is also a prison."
Photo: Activestills

here is the video

Find more by a quick scroll to end on the Refuse-Niks...

Find link for signing your support:

The American Friends Service Committee also is supports this effort...Here is an AFSC site:


Other links on the young & other conscientious objectors (more to follow on One Heart for Peace) Go here

Also Go here


Here is the letter I just got back after signing:

Dear Connie,

Thank you for taking the time to send a letter to Israel's Minister of Defense, Ehud Barak, about the Shministim. The Shministim are confident that tens of thousands of letters demanding their release will make a real difference.

We've generated 22,000 letters so far. The day of the action in Tel Aviv has happened, and it was featured on all three major news sites in Israel while generating news around the world. It's impossible to convey the full scope of the impact this campaign has had in just a few weeks.

We even sent teams to Israeli consulates in major cities in the United States, though in one case, they refused to even accept our letter!

Far from being the end, December 18th marks the beginning. As long as there are Shministim in jail, we will need your letters of protest.

It has been a wonderful experience for us at Jewish Voice for Peace to work with the Shministim. They are real-life heroes, strengthened in their resolve to stand up against overwhelming pressure and all too aware that their counterparts in the Occupied Territories must endure far worse on a daily basis.

Please continue to tell your friends and family about You can put the web address in your email signature, post a web badge on your blog, tell your Facebook friends, put a poster on your door and more. Go to for ideas.

Let the world know that for the sake of both Israelis and Palestinians, Israel's occupation must end, and that a new generation of young people is willing to go to jail to stand up and say NO.

On behalf of the countless people and groups working to free the Shministim,

Cecilie Surasky
Jewish Voice for Peace

Sign on to encourage this movement:

GO here

(be aware there may seem to be some who are seeking to corrupt this effort via false links & pop-ups & possible claims that this is not legitimate - so just ignore some of this & verify that you are signing the actual peace statement.

This effort is also supported by Jewish Voice for Peace (go just below the url & photo to see the description of JVP)

PS Join JVP's Facebook group: here
this photo thanks to AFSC

Jewish Voice for Peace is a national grassroots organization inspired by Jewish tradition to work for peace, social justice, and human rights. We support the aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians for security and self-determination.

We welcome Jews and non-Jewish allies committed to the following principles.

We seek:

* A U.S. foreign policy based on promoting peace, democracy, human rights, and respect for international law

* An end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem

* A resolution of the Palestinian refugee problem consistent with international law and equity

* An end to all violence against civilians

* Peace among the peoples of the Middle East

JVP, Jewish Voice for Peace, supports peace activists in Palestine and Israel, and works in broad coalition with other Jewish, Arab-American, faith-based, peace and social justice organizations.
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