Young Israeli “refuser” coming to UK

February 19, 2009 at 9:37 pm (anonymous, Human rights, israel, Jim D, Middle East, palestine, youth)

Tamar Katz, a 19 year old Israeli conscientious objector who has already served three prison terms, will be touring Britain early next month. She’s one of the ‘Shministim’ , a group of Israeli  high school students who refuse to serve in the IDS while Gaza and the West Bank are occupied.

Heather, who has helped set up the tour, writes:



I’ve just finalised the flight bookings for Tamar Katz to come and do a speaker tour of our fair isle. She will be arriving in London on March 5th, around lunchtime and leaving on 15th in the morning. You can have a look at Tamar’s profile on the Shministim website here.


More info will follow including a schedule for the tour but so far we have arranged meetings in Sheffield, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Nottingham, Cambridge, Sussex (Brighton), Manchester and London. She will also be speaking at RMT Women’s conference and the Feminist Fightback International Women’s Day meeting in London the weekend of 6th/7th and being welcomed at a reception held by Janine’s RMT branch (thanks Janine…you’re amazing!).


Thanks for your patience during this entire process – with the rising arrest rate of refusers, peace activists and young people in Israel since the attacks on Gaza it has been pretty hard work pulling this together at their end and I know that they are excited at the opportunity we have offered them. This is a really big deal, we are the only ones doing this and for good reason and because of this I urge you, no, BEG you to do everything you can to make this tour a success. Build like crazy, go to the meetings and offer to help with planning, transport, accomodation and activities if you can. Let’s give this the attention it deserves despite the short time we have to prepare.


Thanks Comrades,


In solidarity,



Shiraz Socialist will keep readers posted with details of the meetings as soon as they become available – see ‘comments’ box, below:

1 Comment

  1. Jim Denham said,

    From Heather:

    This is the schedule: 7pm, Thursday 5 March – LONDON
    Meeting and reception hosted by RMT London Transport Region and Finsbury Park RMT
    For more information email

    Lunchtime, Friday 6 March – BRIGHTON
    Sussex University – email Koos

    7pm, Friday 6 March – LONDON
    “International Solidarity for Women’s Liberation” – meeting to celebrate International
    Women’s Day hosted by Feminist Fightback, Organisation of Women’s Freedom in Iraq and others
    Room 3a, University of London Union, Malet Street

    Saturday 7th March – RMT Women’s Conference, Grand Station Hotel, Newcastle, 11.30am
    Email Janine:

    12 noon, Monday 9 March – MANCHESTER
    Manchester University – email

    6pm, Monday 9 March – BRADFORD
    Bradford University, hosted by University of Bradford Union – email Lloyd

    Evening, Tuesday 10 March – CAMBRIDGE
    Cambridge University, hosted by Workers’ Liberty – email Patrick

    Lunchtime, Wednesday 11 March – NOTTINGHAM
    Meeting at Nottingham University hosted by Nottingham Student Peace Movement

    Evening, Wednesday 11 March – SHEFFIELD
    Sheffield University, hosted by Workers’ Liberty – email Daniel

    6.30pm, Thursday 12 March – EDINBURGH
    Edinburgh University – email

    Time tbc, Friday 13 march – LONDON
    LSE – email
    Comrades on Facebook can join the group here: Please invite your contacts and friends etc and build however you can. Solidarity, Heather

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