Between 12 and 26 November 2013, a young woman jailed by the government of Israel for refusing to serve in its army of occupation is speaking across the UK, on a tour organised by the socialist organisation Workers' Liberty to make solidarity with the Palestinians and the Israeli left.
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Noam Gur is 19 years old, from Jerusalem. She is a queer and feminist as well as anti-militarist activist. In April 2012 she was jailed for refusing to serve in the Israeli Defence Force as part of compulsory national service.
"I refused to join an army that has, since it was established, been engaged in dominating another nation, in plundering and terrorizing a civilian population that is under its control. The systematic destruction and dispossession that form part of a long-established policy of population-transfer, murder of non-violent demonstrators, the Apartheid wall, the massacre 'operations' that the Israeli army chooses to carry out, and the rest of the daily violations of the human rights of the Palestinians have led, and continue to lead, to a long, indefinite, and preventable cycle of bloodshed.
"For years I have been told that this control is supposed to protect me, but information about the suffering caused due to terrorizing the Palestinian population is omitted from the story. The road to achieving true and just peace is long and hard, but as I see it, these actions by the Israeli army only push it further away. Over this past decade, the Palestinian people have been increasingly choosing the path of non-violent resistance, and I chose to join this path and to turn to a popular, nonviolent struggle in Palestine - this, rather than to serve in the Israeli army and continue the violence."
Today Noam is an activist with organisations including the feminist anti-militarist group New Profile, Anarchists Against the Wall, and Ta'ayush, a joint Jewish-Arab campaign which takes direct action in defence of the Palestinians.
Between 12 and 26 November, Noam will be speaking at trade union, student and other meetings across the UK. More details soon. The schedule will be tight, but if you're interested in hosting a meeting or want to know about one in your area, get in touch: email Heather Shaw at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring Sacha Ismail on 07796 690 874.
We are asking groups that host meetings to organise a collection or make a small donation to help cover the costs of the tour so we can concentrate on fundraising for the organisations Noam is part of.