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Israel’s new refuseniks. Support them – and support +972, the magazine of the social movements

+972, Israel’s magazine of the social movements, reports on the sixty-three Israeli teenagers who published an open letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu on Thursday, declaring their refusal to join the Israeli army due to their opposition to the occupation.

Support +972’s financial appeal and help it carry on with its excellent investigative journalism. […]

JVL statement in support of Israel’s new refuseniks

We in Jewish Voice for Labour send our support and solidarity to the 63 Israeli teenagers who have this week refused to be conscripted into the Israeli army: “We have decided not to take part in the occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people. The ‘temporary’ situation has dragged on for 50 years, and we will not go on lending a hand.”

JVL welcomes their refusal – the latest in a long line of refusals since Israel’s imperial expansion in 1967 – and applauds their courage. The scale of refusal is telling, as is the clear political message that these teenagers are articulating. We give them all our full support and call on others – particularly in the Jewish community in Britain and in the Labour Party, both of which we are part of – to do likewise. […]