Wednesday, July 26, 2006

The Lebanon 2006 war has produced its first conscientious objectors.

by Lily Galili

The Lebanon 2006 war has produced its first conscientious objector - Staff Sergeant Itzik Shabbat, a 28-year-old TV producer. He refused to comply with an emergency order (Tsav 8) to report today for reserve duty in the territories in order to free forces in the standing army for the war in Lebanon.

Shabbat, a resident of Sderot, had not yet decided last night whether he would go to his reserve unit today and announce there that he was refusing to do reserve duty or whether he would not report at all and be considered absent.

"I know people will attack me and ask how could I not take part in this war when Qassams are falling on my hometown and Katyushas on the towns in the north," he told Haaretz. "In my opinion, only this type of opposition that I've chosen will put an end to the madness that is going on now and will shatter the false feeling that the entire home front supports this unnecessary war that is based on deceptive considerations." Read More

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Irish Activists Acquitted

A few friends of mine from my Ireland days have just been acquitted in a three-year-old case. They damaged a US Navy jet in Ireland back in the spring of 2003. A Dublin jury found that they had lawful excuse to damage the plane, i.e. destroying the plane would hinder an illegal war (!) and therefore such destruction was not technically illegal . An amazing precedent (though legally it's probably not a precedent-setting case)...

Read about it here.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Liturgy and war and the United States Cathoic Bishops

Read Robert Waldrop's commentary on the recent actions of U.S. Bishops. Robert is a member of the Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House and Director of Music at the Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church in Oklahoma City. His essay does not necessarily reflect the views of the Catholic Peace Fellowship.