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Omar Saad, 18 years old from Mghar, a village in the Galil, arrived, Wedensday 4/12/2013, to the Induction Base in Tiberias where he declared his refusal to serve in the Israeli Army. he arrived with many supporters and objectors to the mandatory military service withihn the Arab-Palestinian Druze Comunity in Israel. On 5/12/2013, Omar was sentenced to 20 days of imprisonment for his refusal, in the military prison No. 6 near Atlit.
In his refusal decleration Omar Saad wrote:
"I refuse that because I am pacifist, and I hate any kind of violence, and I believe that the army institute is the top of physical and psychological violence, and since I received your order for making the checking procedures my life changed completely. I became very nervous and my thoughts were dispersed. I remembered thousands of hard images, and I could not imagine myself wearing the military uniform andparticipating in suppressing my Palestinian people, and fighting my Arab brothers. I reject enlisting to the Israeli army or to any other army, because of national and moral reasons. I hate oppression, and I reject occupation."
1. Sending Letters of Support
2. Letters to Authorities
preferably by fax
Feel free to modify this letter or write your own
Writing op-ed pieces and letters to editors of media in Israel and other countries could also be quite useful in indirectly but powerfully pressuring the military authorities to let go of the objectors and in bringing their plight and their cause to public attention.
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We will continue updating on further developments.
Thank you for your support,