Such a refusal means jail terms in Israeli military prisons. Terms range from 21 to 28 days; those who refuse to wear a military uniform while in jail are sent to solitary confinement for the duration of their term.
After completing their sentence, they are then drafted again and if they refuse a second time, as most do, they face the same sentence. This can be a repeated process in which Shministim return home for a few days or longer and are then drafted and then imprisoned. Even through they refuse to serve, they still in a sense ‘belong’ to the military until they receive their discharge papers. A Shministi may never receive these papers, and although the Israeli military may tire of re-calling objectors into prison regularly, without these papers, an objector’s fate is always uncertain. There is literally no end to the number of times youth might be sent back to jail.
The Shministim have asked Jewish Voice for Peace to reach out to ask people like us to let the Israeli government know we are watching, and that we support their courage. They're hoping to receive hundreds of thousands of letters to be delivered to the Israeli Minister of Defense on December 18th, when they will hold a massive rally and press conference.
Read some of their testimonials here.
Then, please, sign the letter.
later man, jan