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