At 20 years old, Nathan Blanc of Haifa, Israel, has already served 10 prison terms, totaling 177 days to date, for refusing to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces. He believes that human rights violations are practiced against Palestinians on a daily basis in the occupied Palestinian territory.
Moriel Rothman is an American-Israeli writer and activist. He is based in Jerusalem and is active with the Solidarity Movement. This letter explains why he is refusing to serve in the Israeli military.
As content developer at Israel Social TV, Kinneret Golan Hoz works to raise awareness among the general public of the ways military service is structured into the education system. AFSC supported the production of the episode “From Holocaust to Revival,” which shows the deep roots of militarism in education.
Sahar Vardi of AFSC's Israel Program and Jennifer Bing, who co-directs AFSC's work for Middle East Peace out of the Chicago office, talk about their work, shared challenges, and what motivates them to keep going.
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Read More