Omar Sa'ad seventh time in prison, this time for 40 days
by Ruth Hiller New Profile, 21 April 2014
Omar Sa'ad has been incarcerated for a seventh time, this time for 40 days. A summary of what he has had to go through is noted below. Omar is not backing down from his original statement and his refusal to serve in Israel's military. It is imperative that we continue to show him that he has our support and also show the army and public officials that he has wide international support.
Additionally I am including a two links that you are invited to also share with your lists. They include: The Shministim Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/refusingIDF and a petition by 40+ mothers who refuse to "give" their children to the military http://www.newprofile.org/english/node/426 . I am also sharing a statement written by Palestinian Arab Druze youth who launched a campaign "Refuse. Your nation will protect you."
I have friends, activists like myself who are feeling discouraged. Indeed our mission is a difficult one, and there is good reason to feel fearful with the present government and the on-going military suppression and other actions against the Palestinians, internationals, and supportive Israelis. It is difficult to remain optimistic.
At the same I can't help but note that when my son Yinnon declared his refusal to serve in the military, he was one; and I was the one mother who said no. Today we are not alone.
I would like change to happen more quickly, at a different pace. But I also believe that in order to maintain change, it must start from deep within Israeli society and in particular at the grassroots level.
Omar Saad, 18 years old from Mghar, a village in the Galil, arrived, Sunday 13.4.2014, to the Induction Base in Tal Hashomer where he declared his refusal to serve in the Israeli Army. Omar was sentenced to 40 days of imprisonment for his refusal, in the military prison No. 4 near Sarafand (zrifin).
We also want to inform you that it has come to our attention that civilian lawyers, including lawyers from New Profile, were banned from visiting Omar and other objectors, during his incarcerations in military prisons. The army claims that civilian lawyers are not certified to enter military prisons. After we appealed to Adalah and the media exposure, the army authorities has set aside the order, and claimed it to be a "misunderstanding".
Omar Saad is a
young guy belonging to the Palestinian Arab Druze community. This
community, in contrast to Arab society in large, was the target of a
decision by Prime Minister Ben Gurion in 1956 that forced them to serve
in the Israeli army. following this decision, mobilization orders were
sent to all Druze citizens in deployment age. That decision was faced
with serious resistance from the Druze community for many reasons. The
main reasons were: refusing to fight against their own people and
demanding to be treated just like the rest of the Palestinian Arab
society in Israel. (* To read more on this issue follow the reference
To see how to support Sa'ad goes here
your nation will protect you campaign launched on the Refusing Mount in
front of Atlit military prison"