Shministim, Israel's Conscientious Objectors
Hirshfield, Robert, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs
Code Pink and Jewish Voice For Peace sponsored an Oct. 2 talk at New York University's Kimmel Center by two visiting Israeli Shministim (12th graders, in Hebrew). Military service is mandatory after high school for young Jewish Israelis, male and female. An overflow audience listened to conscientious objectors Netta Mishly, 18, and Maya Wind, 19, talk about their experience as Shministim, and about the other Israeli high school students who have been imprisoned for refusing to serve in an occupying army in the Palestinian territories.
Mishly described the scorn that they, Israeli draft-resisters, have had to endure while touring the United States. "The amount of criticism we have received from American Jews has made me cry," she said. "From the Israelis I can take criticism. That is my life!"
As Shministim Mishly and Wind signed and sent off letters of refusal to serve to Israel's chief of staff and minister of defense. The letters were in the Shministim tradition. They stated that the inductees-to-be will not serve in an army of occupation that rules over Palestinians through checkpoints, land grabs, targeted killings, and human rights violations.
The two young women took very different routes to the same path. As a young girl Wind attended a religious school in Jerusalem, and had play dates at settlements. At 15, she stumbled upon an …
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Publication information: Article title: Shministim, Israel's Conscientious Objectors. Contributors: Hirshfield, Robert - Author. Magazine title: Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. Volume: 28. Issue: 9 Publication date: December 2009. Page number: 58+. © Not available. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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