Preamble to the Petition
|Our children - Adam, Hagai, Matan, Noam and Shimri - have been
sentenced to repeated, and
unlimited, periods in military jails until they surrender. Their "crime"
is that they refuse to serve the Israeli Army in order to enforce the
occupation - they have chosen to be prisoners rather than jailers.
We believe that our children have been so severely punished because of
their opinions. We believe that the severity of the punishment
reflects the Israel Government's fear of those opinions. It is the
Government's policy to suppress those ideas by intimidating our
For this policy to succeed it must be done QUIETLY.
We cannot let that happen!
By raising an unprecedented number of supporters for this petition you
will not only be working to free these 5 brave people - but you will
also be demonstrating that THEIR IDEALS are not to be suppressed by
We believe that a massive support for this petition must influence our
Government and those who support it.
We ask you not only to sign the petition but also join us to work with
us to create a "moral uprising" - see how
|To Prime Minister Ariel Sharon,
Concerning the imprisonment of Noam Bahat, Matan Kaminer, Adam Maor,
Haggai Matar and Shimri Tsameret
As we see it, your government is jailing them because of their
These young men chose to tell the truth -- that it is against their
conscience to do what your government wants the army to do. They
believe that the army should not be a tool for oppressing another
people. The Israeli Army should exist for one purpose only - that of
genuine defense. But its present purpose and conduct is the opposite:
by maintaining the seemingly endless occupation of the Palestinian
Territories and denying the Palestinians their most basic human rights,
it also destroys the Israeli society, its moral values, its economy,
and yields terror attacks. This is no defense army. Indeed, the young
draft resisters are willing to serve their society in an alternative,
We understand that it is particularly hard for your government to hear
the voice of CONSCIENCE - but breaking the mirror will not hide the
facts. Inflicting harsh prison sentences only serves to arouse the
protest of all those who are beyond the reach of your intimidation.
Release the five conscientious objectors NOW!