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November 15, 2005

Dear supporter of the Israeli refuser movements,

New Profile has issued the following request for your action on behalf of Idan Halili, the first woman CO in Israel to publicly claim the right to resist mandatory military service, on grounds of her feminist beliefs and conscience. Please take a few moments to read about Idan and her situation, and then take action on her behalf.

Warm regards,

The RSN Board of Directors: Oskar Castro, Steven Feuerstein, Paul Kaldjian, Judith Kolokoff, James M. Leas, David Levy, Cathy Schneider, Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman

From New Profile

The army has denied Idan’s request for a hearing before the military “conscience committee?, authorized to grant or deny conscientious exemptions from service. In all probability, Idan Halili will be imprisoned tomorrow upon reporting to the induction base and resisting the draft as a feminist conscientious objector.

Idan, a 19 year old Jewish Israeli woman, has written the following statement to authorities:

“A strongly patriarchal institution, like the army, underlines female marginality, on the one hand, and the superiority of male-identified values on the other. … It might be said that a mood of sexual harassment is endemic to a patriarchal and hierarchical organization like the army. And so the demand that a woman enlist is tantamount to demanding that she cope with sexual harassment within an environment that encourages such harassment. Moreover, since the army is such a central institution in society, a culture of sexual harassment also is exported to and further entrenched in civic society. … I as a feminist, feel I must avoid military service and act to limit and reduce the influence of the army on civic society. … When men spend a formative period of their lives in the military they are likely to receive positive reinforcements for the use of brute power and violence, and to develop an indifferent attitude to the use of “mild” forms of violence … In an organization whose main values include superiority and control, these behaviors are likely to be encouraged in the specific professional (military) activities, but also in interpersonal relations … I cannot join an organization which, either directly or indirectly, encourages violence – of any form and kind – against women. There is, hence, a contradiction between my being a feminist and my ability to enlist. … Army service would impose a way of life on me that is deeply contrary to my values and moral beliefs. … I cannot live in such flagrant denial of my conscience …”

New Profile, the High School Seniors, the Feminist Women’s House and the Refusers’ Parents’ Forum call on Israeli authorities to uphold Idan Halili’s human right to freedom of feminist conscience. Tomorrow, Tuesday November 15th, at 8:30 AM, we will accompany Idan to the main induction base to demonstrate our support of her right to refuse.

We call on feminist, anti-militarist and anti-war groups and individuals, in Israel and abroad, to join us in demanding that Israel recognize feminist conscience. We appreciate your support for this effort, whether financial or through action.

Please address your letters, emails or (preferably) faxes to:

Mr. Shaul Mofaz, E-mail: sar@mod.gov.il or pniot@mod.gov.il
Minister of Defence, Fax: ++972-3-696-27-57 / ++972-3-691-69-40
Ministry of Defence,
37 Kaplan St.,
Tel-Aviv 61909, Israel

Chief Military Attorney
Military postal code 9605, IDF
Fax: ++972-3-569-43-70

Commander of Induction Base,
Baqum, Tel-HaShomer
Military Postal Code 02718, IDF
Fax: ++972-3-737-60-52

Checks supporting this campaign can be mailed to: New Profile, POBox 3454, Ramat Hasharon 47100, Israel

Tax-exempt donations can be made in the U.S. through the Refusers’ Solidarity Network at http://www.refusersolidarity.net. To make a credit card donation, click on Donate Now and be sure to select New Profile as the RSN Project.



Written by yishaym

November 16, 2005 at 1:26 pm

3 Responses

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  1. I found this blog surfing, I will bookmark it. I can relate to her, being a secular, non Zionist Jew.


    Renegade Eye

    November 17, 2005 at 1:30 am

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    November 17, 2005 at 2:30 am

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