Israeli 12th Graders Choose Conscientious Objection to Military Service

Winnipeg -  A group of 12th graders in Israel calling themselves Shministim have been repeatedly sentenced to prison terms ranging from a few days to over a month for refusing to serve in Israel's military.

On their web site, objector Mia Tamarin writes, "I cannot become part of an organization the purpose of which is to fend off violence by violence, because it stands unequivocally contrary to everything I believe in and to my whole life. There always is another, non-violent option, and it is this option that I choose.”

The objectors have also started a Facebook group where they describe themselves as "... Israeli teenagers who refuse to take part in an army that illegaly and brutally occupies the Palestinian Territories and are willing to pay the price for our struggle against the occupation and in favor of peace."