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|Israeli Military Refuser Dan Tsahor: "Wars will Cease When We Refuse to Fight”|
|Date||Tuesday May 16|
|Time||7:30 PM - 9:30 PM|
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|United Methodist Church 250 California Street, Santa Cruz|
Dan Tsahor is a former Israeli soldier in the Nahal infantry regiment. Tsahor refused to serve in the occupied Palestinian Territory and was imprisoned in 2003. He is a founding member of the new Israeli-Palestinian peace group “Combatants for Peace,” formed by former Palestinian fighters and soldiers from the Israeli army. Cosponsored by the Middle East Working Group and the Middle East Program of the Resource Center for Nonviolence, the Church & Society Commission of the United Methodist Church, the Palestine-Israel Action Committee, and other local groups. A$5-20 sliding-scale donation is asked.
From the "Combatants for Peace" web site:
"We are a group of Israeli and Palestinian individuals who were actively involved in the cycle of violence in our area. The Israelis served as combat soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces and the Palestinians were involved in acts of violence in the name of Palestinian liberation. We all used weapons against one another, and looked at each other only through weapon sights; however today we cooperate and commit ourselves to the following:
• We no longer believe that the conflict can be resolved through violence.
• We believe that the blood shed will not end unless we act together to terminate the occupation and stop all forms of violence.
• We call for the establishment of a Palestinian State, alongside the State of Israel. The two states can exist in peace and security beside each other.
• We will use only non-violent means to achieve our goals and call for both societies to end violence."