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In Israel 62 high-school pupils who face compulsory military conscription in the near future declared their intention to refuse to be conscripted and issued the following statement'

We are a group of 62 Israeli youths, about to be called to up to service in the Israel Defence Force. In protest against the severe violations of human rights carried out by Israel in the occupied territories - be it executions without trials or brutal sieges imposed on the Palestinian population - we just sent a letter to the Israeli PM, Ariel Sharon, in which we inform him that we intend to refuse to take part in the oppressive actions against the Palestinian people. Each of us, in his/her own way, will refuse to cooperate with this horrible occupation - some of us will refuse to enlist altogether, others will not serve in ground units and/or in the occupied territories, and some will prefer to leave the army on a mental-health pretext, in order to avoid service. We call upon people of our age to join us. During this coming school-year we will put up stands at high-school gates in order to persuade more youths to join us. In addition, we will support the ones who choose to join our cause.

They have also written the following letter to the Prime Minister Ariel Sharon:
We the undersigned, youths who grew up and were brought up in Israel, are about to be called to serve in the IDF. We protest before you against the aggressive and racist policy pursued by the Israeli government's and its army, and to inform you that we do not intend to take part in the execution of this policy. We strongly resist Israel's pounding of human rights. Land expropriation, arrests, executions without a trial, house demolition, closure, torture, and the prevention of health care are only some of the crimes the state of Israel carries out, in blunt violation of international conventions it has ratified. These actions are not only illegitimate; they do not even achieve their stated goal - increasing the citizens' personal safety. Such safety will be achieved only through a just peace agreement between the Israeli government and the Palestinian people. Therefore we will obey our conscience and REFUSE to take part in acts of oppression against the Palestinian people, acts that should properly be called terrorist actions. We call upon persons our age, conscripts, soldiers in the standing army, and reserve service soldiers to do the same.


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