Why I Refuse[d]: On God/Love, Nonviolence and Israel’s Military Occupation of the Palestinian Territories.

Two years ago today, I published this letter. I wanted to take the opportunity to re-share it: I think many of the points I touched on then feel equally relevant today, in the wake of recent violence and militarism, and with many of us asking: Where do we go from here?

The Leftern Wall

                    اقراوا الرسالة بالعربية                לקרוא את המכתב בעברית

My name is Moriel Zachariah Rothman. I am 23 years old and live in Jerusalem. I lived for most of my life in the United States, but I was born in Jerusalem (and am Jewish) and have thus been an Israeli citizen since birth. As such, I am, like [most] other Israeli Jews, expected to serve in the IDF. I moved back to Jerusalem last year, and I recently received a draft notice from the IDF. After much thinking, wrestling and searching, and drawing inspiration from my community and from many who have made the same choice before me, I have decided to refuse to serve in the army.

Before explaining my decision, I want to acknowledge both my privilege and the fact that I am…

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