SUPPORT ISRAELI CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS
“Slaughter cannot solve slaughter… Violence won’t solve violence. And that is why I refuse.” — Israeli CO, Tal Mitnik
On January 23, 2024, Tal Mitnik, one of 200 Israeli teenagers who signed a letter pledging to refuse to serve when they graduate high school and are conscripted, started his second 30-day prison term.
Before reporting to Israel’s military court Tal sent his solidarity to Turkish Cypriot CO Mustafa Hürben, “Mustafa and I will both be jailed today (23.1). International solidarity between us is the way to fight against oppressive systems in each of our countries.”
He posted the lyrics of the Anne Feeney song “Have You Been to Jail for Justice,” on his social media account.
🎵 Was it Cesar Chavez? Maybe it was Dorothy Day, 🎶
Some will say Dr. King or Gandhi set them on their way, 🎵
No matter who your mentors are it’s pretty plain to see, 🎶
We’re aiming to raise $3,000-$5,000 to take out an ad in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz הארץ calling for more Israelis to become conscientious objectors.
You can support this effort by making a donation online and checking the “My donation is in support of Tal Mitnik and other Israeli COs” box below the dollar amount you are pledging to donate or sending a check to FOR P.O. Box 271 Nyack, NY 10960 with “Israeli COs” on the memo line.
In 1948, the issue of the right to “conscience” was dealt with by the United Nations General Assembly in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It reads:
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
The Fellowship of Reconciliation, founded in 1914 to support conscientious objectors to WWI and rooted in the steadfast belief that war is an abomination in the eyes of the God of creation, affirms the right of belief, conscience, and religion of all persons to refuse to participate in war. We are steadfast in our conviction that war is unable to birth peace and committed to a world where conflicts are resolved through non-violent means.