Refuseniks! Israel's Soldiers of Conscience, by Peretz Kidron
Published by Zed Books in 2004, 118 pages. Hardback (N2140)
Brand New Book
'Our greatest admiration must go to those brave Israeli soldiers who refuse to serve beyond the 1967 borders... These soldiers, who are Jews, take seriously the principle put forward at the Nuremberg trials in 1945-46: namely, that a soldier is not obliged to obey unjust orders - indeed, one has an obligation to disobey them.' - Susan Sontag
'Resistance to crimes of state, and refusal to participate in them, has been and remains one of the most significant achievements of people of decency and courage throughout history. The Israelis who have undertaken this honorable course merit the greatest admiration and respect. Their testimonies are a memorable contribution to this noble cause.' - Noam Chomsky
In Israel, hundreds of soldiers called up to take part in controversial campaigns or assignments have refused orders. In the current Palestinian intifada, over a thousand such refusals have been registered, many of the "refuseniks" serving prison sentences rather than defend illegal Jewish settlements. This text presents the stories, experiences, viewpoints and poetry, of these officers and ordinary footsoldiers, men and women, from every ethnic background and class. And we see the wider implications of the philosophy of selective refusal for conscientious citizens n every country where conscription still exists, and the model it presents for the peace movement worldwide.