Sahar Vardi is the Coordinator of the Israel Program in AFSC's office in East Jerusalem. She is a refuser and has been working actively to oppose the occupation of Palestinian territory and the militarization of Israeli society for years. Speaking out on the impact of being occupiers on Israelis, on the fat profits of the military-industrial complex, on the use of public education to prepare young people for the military is to risk physical assault and shunning by ones peers. But speaking out is something Sahar has been doing for some time. She did jail time for refusing to serve in the military and now assists others who refuse to serve. One of them, Danielle Yaor, will be speaking with her.
You can read an article by Sahar written during the bombing of Gaza here.
Sahar and Danielle will talk about their observations of Israeli society today and of their work to create alternatives to the status quo.