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This refugee squat represents the best and worst of humanity

Molly Crabapple, Guardian, 23 June 2017
The derelict City Plaza hotel in Athens was taken over by activists in 2016. Since then, it has housed refugees without a cent of government funding
Full article on theguardian.com

Anti-war activist Ciaron O’Reilly: conventional protests are 'a dead end'

Joshua Robertson, Guardian, Thursday 7 January 2016

Giving practical support to conscientious objectors – as well as to Julian Assange and Edward Snowden – has led to an unexpected recent phase in the life of an activist who cheerfully volunteers that he still looks like “the hippie from central casting”.


“Most resistance in both the Gulf war and the recent invasion [of Iraq in 2003] came out of the US and also the British military.”

Full article on www.theguardian.com

Veterans throw away their war medals in disgust at British air strikes in Syria

Matt Dathan, Independent, 8 December 2015

First paragraph:

British war veterans have thrown away their medals outside Downing Street in protest against the Government's decision to bomb Syria and to bust the “mythology” of heroism connected to the military.

Full article on independent.co.uk

Uncovering Britain's secret role in protecting Chile's 1973 coup

Grace Livingstone, Guardian, 11 September 2013
Forty years on, declassified documents reveal an outpouring of concern from the British public over Pinochet's coup – and the Foreign Office's attempt to undermine the solidarity campaign
Full article on theguardian.com

Not guilty verdict in third trial of anti-war activists

Irish Times, 26 July 2006

First paragraph:

There were jubilant scenes inside and outside a Dublin courtroom yesterday when five anti-war protesters were found not guilty of criminally damaging a US navy aircraft at Shannon airport.

Full article on irishtimes.com


Charlotte Hart, Sutton Coldfield Observer, 15 April 2005, page 1

A Birmingham newspaper reports that Abdullah William Webster, a former US Army sergeant, who is the husband of local woman Sue Webster, was sentenced by court martial in June 2004 to 14 months in prison after refusing to fight in Iraq. The article includes interview with his wife, photographs of them and their child, comments from Amnesty International which has adopted him as a prisoner of conscience, and details of how to write in support.

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Refusenik Israeli pilots under fire

BBC, Thursday, 25 September, 2003

"The pilots' rebellion is an earthquake with a potential for disaster, whose magnitude is difficult to assess at present," he told Yediot Aharonot. "If this storm does not go way quickly, it could drag with it other parts of the army and not only the air force."

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Tens of thousands rally in Boston for peace

Jenna Russell, Globe Staff, Globe Correspondent, 30 March 2003 The Boston Globe

Tens of thousands of people from across New England and beyond converged on a damp, windswept Boston Common for a massive antiwar rally yesterday, then marched through the city, saying they hoped to show the world that not all Americans support President Bush and the war in Iraq.

This was at http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/089/metro/Tens_of_thousands_rally_in_Boston_for_peace+.shtml but by 2017 has gone.

Full article on archive.org

Australian pilot gives thumbs down to US bombing order

Greg Ansley, The New Zealand Herald, 24 March 2003

CANBERRA - An Australian FA/18 Hornet pilot has refused an American command to bomb a target in Iraq in the first conflict between the different rules governing the way the two allies make war.

By 2017 this has disappeared from http://www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?storyID=3251554&thesection=news&thesubsection=world

Full article is one of those in this email on casi.org archive

Thirty B52 Support Vehicles Disabled at RAF Fairford

Trident Ploughshares Press Briefing, 14th March 2003

Last night at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire two Trident Ploughshares activists disabled no less than thirty vehicles which provide essential support to the US B52 bombers stationed there.

By 2017 this article has gone from its location at http://www.tridentploughshares.org/prel/prel03/r030314a.html

Full article on archive.org archived from tridentploughshares.org

Ulla Roder Confirms Leuchars Tornado "Out of Action"

Trident Ploughshares Press Briefing, 12th March 2003

Today Trident Ploughshares activist Ulla Roder confirmed that the Tornado jet which she damaged yesterday at Leuchars airbase is unlikely to fly again.

Full article archived from www.tridentploughshares.org on archive.org

See also Ulla Roder – Tornado Disarmament Action At Leuchars Airport

ITALY: Civil disobedience targets US military

Stephen Bennets, Green Left Weekly, March 5, 2003

Third paragraph:

The "Stop that train; disobey global war" campaign has attempted to block 27 special trains en route to Livorno laden with US troops, tanks, rocket launchers, jeeps and bulldozers. Members of the railworkers' union are providing activists with detailed information on rail movements and, in a rerun of events in 1969 during the Vietnam War, dock workers are refusing to load military cargo in Livorno.

Full article from greenleft.org.au archived on archive.org


Stop the War Coalition, 15 February 2003

On the day war breaks out, the Stop the War Coalition is calling on everyone to make your protest felt immediately - occupy your city or town centre, organise mass meetings or walkouts at work, sit in at your college or university.

Full article on archive.org

Grannies gather in attempt to avert 'immoral' conflict in Iraq

David Blair in al-Taji, Daily Telegraph, 12 February 2003

"We volunteered for an indefinite period. If war breaks out, I will stay here and be in solidarity with the Iraqi people," said Elaine Martinez, 72, from Chicago.

Full article from www.telegraph.co.uk on archive.org

Arms moved by road after rail boycott

Kevin Maguire, Guardian, Saturday January 11, 2003

Ministry of Defence officials instead shifted the munitions by road, saying they had thought the train had faced technical problems.

The two drivers have been described as "conscientious objectors" by a supporter, and it is understood that a total of 15 drivers are threatening some form of anti-war action.

Full article http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,872605,00.html

Fighting for his day in court

Moshe Gorali Ha'aretz English Edition Wednesday, June 26, 2002
In an unusual move, First Lieutenant (Res.) David Zonsheine was released from custody on Monday - at least temporarily. Zonsheine, a 29-year-old software engineer and reserve officer in an elite paratroopers unit, refused to serve in the territories during Operation Defensive Shield.

This article was once at the follwing url but is no more (Aug 2017) and does not seem to be on archive.org http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=180174&contrassID =2&subContrassID=5&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y&itemNo=180174

US artists damn 'war without limit'

Duncan Campbell Guardian Friday 14 June 2002

A group of leading American writers, actors and academics have signed a statement strongly criticising their government's policies since September 11. It is an indication of a growing feeling that the administration is promoting its own agenda on the back of the attacks.

Full article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/bush/story/0,7369,737004,00.html

[YeshGvul] 5 conscripts jailed for refusal

From cherryk@zahav.net.il Fri Apr 26 16:23:49 2002
Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2002 22:46:55 +0200
From: peretz kidron <cherryk@zahav.net.il>
To: YeshGvul@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [YeshGvul] 5 conscripts jailed for refusal
The imprisonment of these five is most significant ! They are not the first young (18-20) conscripts to refuse duties in the campaign of repression. Others have done so in the past. But their 3-year service places them under much stricter discipline than reservists called in for a few weeks, and few have the maturity and self-confidence to face up to the ordeal they can expect from their superiors until their discharge. The spread of the refusal movement to the conscript units marks a notable breakthrough.
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[YeshGvul] new call-up, more jailed refuseniks - סרבנים נוספים בכלא

From ofern@cs.huji.ac.il Sat Apr 20 22:20:51 2002
Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2002 14:16:45 +0000
From: ofer neiman
To: yeshgvul@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [YeshGvul] new call-up, more jailed refuseniks - סרבנים נוספים בכלא
Another batch of emergency call-up orders for Sharon's war against the Palestinians has gone out, and with it a new batch of jailed refuseniks ^ײ three since Monday (and probably some more tomorrow). These are the latest who have said NO! to the occupation:
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Robert Fisk: Fear and learning in America

Independent 17 April 2002
And for the first time in more than a decade of lecturing in the United States, I was shocked. Not by the passivity of Americans - the all-accepting, patriotic notion that the President knows best - nor by the dangerous self-absorption of the United States since 11 September and the constant, all-consuming fear of criticising Israel. What shocked me was the extraordinary new American refusal to go along with the official line, the growing, angry awareness among Americans that they were being lied to and deceived.
Full article from www.independent.co.uk archived on archive.org

Students in Middle East protest

Cambridge Evening News, Wednesday 10 April 2002
Two members of CamSAW - Cambridge Students Against the War - are trapped in the besieged town of Bethlehem, where they are acting as a human shield trying to protect a Palestinian refugee camp.
Full article from www.cambridge-news.co.uk archived on archive.com

World Bank to West Bank

George Monbiot Guardian Tuesday 9 April 2002
Since the army's offensive in the West Bank began, hundreds of Israeli peace campaigners and foreign activists have been seeking to put themselves in its way.At great personal risk, members of the International Solidarity Movement have sought to protect civilians by making hostages of themselves. It is a display of extraordinary courage and self-sacrifice.
Full article http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4390071,00.html

[YeshGvul] Seder, 3 refuseniks, tear gas

From cherryk@zahav.net.il Tue Apr 09 17:43:50 2002
Date: Wed, 3 Apr 2002 23:41:03 +0200
From: peretz kidron <cherryk@zahav.net.il>
To: YeshGvul@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [YeshGvul] Seder, 3 refuseniks, tear gas
Defying unseasonable rain, hundreds of Israeli peace supporters, reinforced by a strong delegation of internationals, clambered a hill overlooking Military Prison 6 at Athlit, to hold a Freedom Seder in honour of the jailed refuseniks (there were 18 when we started, up to 21 when the ceremony ended !) Above all, we were there to celebrate the fact that there are now OVER A THOUSAND REFUSENIKS !
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[YeshGvul] 2 naval refuseniks + 1

Ram Rahat - Peretz Kidron 20:16:48 +0200 25 March 2002 Yesh Gvul email list YeshGvul@yahoogroups.com

Two reserve officers of the Israeli navy have been jailed for refusing service in the occupied territories.

Capt. (res.) Shahar Tzur (30), formerly of the missile boat section, was jailed for 28 days. Tzur is married, a resident of Haifa and a student of architecture at the Technion. He is a signatory of the "Courage to Refuse" declaration.

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The soldiers who refuse to fight

The Scotsman Mon 4 Mar 2002
Earlier this year, a group of some 50 enlisted men and officers signed a petition proclaiming their refusal to serve in the occupied territories, saying they were given orders that served no security purpose, and boldly stating that "we shall not continue to fight beyond the 1967 borders in order to dominate, expel, starve and humiliate an entire people".
Full article from news.scotsman.com archived on archive.org

An Antiwar Movement Grows in Israel

Neve Gordon, The Nation, 25 February 2002
A few months after the 1967 war, Yeshayahu Leibowitz, a professor at Hebrew University and a leading Israeli intellectual--who was also an observant Jew--stated that Israel must immediately withdraw from the occupied territories. He argued that the occupation was unjust and would inevitably lead to the oppression and subjugation of the Palestinians, and to the corruption if not destruction of Israeli society. Until his death in the mid-1990s, he continued to criticize the occupation, using piercing, prophetic language to condemn the immorality of Israeli policies. For years, Leibowitz also averred that if 500 reservist soldiers would simultaneously refuse to serve in the territories, the occupation would end.
Full article from www.thenation.com archived on archive.org