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Refuser Solidarity Network (RSN).

Amplification is critical for the Israeli war resisters

Newsletter of the Refuser Solidarity Network (RSN)

Uploaded 18.06.2024

(16.06.2024) Hey, Atalya here. I am a refuser who spent 110 days in prison and am RSN’s social media coordinator. Last week, Mattan shared how we assist activists in executing impactful actions to shift Israeli public opinion. This is only part of our support. This week I’d like to talk to you about the work I’m doing to amplify their voices.

Fr., June 28 in Frankfurt: "Every decision not to join the military is political"

Lecture with the Israelian conscientious objector Or

Uploaded 18.06.2024

Fr., June 28, 2024, in 60314 Frankfurt/M.

7pm at the headquarters of Medico International Lindleystr. 15

In every war, there are people who resist. Israeli conscientious objector Or will give us a first-hand account of the situation in Israel/Palestine in the aftermath of October 7th, and explain how militarization is connected to different struggles such as the resistance against Israel’s war in the Gaza Strip and the occupation of the West Bank.

The event is organized by Rheinmetall Entwaffnen Rheinmain and Connection e.V. in cooperation with DFG-VK Frankfurt am Main.

Conscientious Objector Kemal Soylu. Photo: Conscientious Objection Watch.

Conscientious Objectors Share Their Stories

Part II: Kemal Soylu

Uploaded 12.06.2024

(11.06.2024) This is Merve Arkun from the Conscientious Objection Watch, Turkey. We are happy to share with you the second video of the series of interviews we started to share the stories of conscientious objectors from Turkey, the first video of which we published on the International Day of Conscientious Objection. In the second interview of the interview series, we share the experiences of conscientious objector Kemal Soylu.

Merve Arkun: "We are often stopped by armed police." Photo: Rena Effendi/The Guardian

"You can’t fight your way to peace"

From a 20 y/o Israeli to a 99 y/o Briton, eight conscientious objectors on why they refused to serve in the army

Uploaded 12.06.2024

(08.06.2024) Military service for 18-year-olds is a key Tory election pledge in the UK. But in countries with conscription, opting out comes at a heavy cost – ostracisation, fines and time in prison. With Peter Hathorn (South Africa), Einat Gerlitz (Israel), Merve Arkun (Turkey), Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal (Thailand), Bill Galvin (USA), Oleg Sofyanik (Ukraine), Mikita Sviryd (Belarus/Lithuania) and Timothy Tyndall (UK).

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