Eight conscientious objectors who refuse to enlist to the army rallied in front of IDF headquarters in the Kirya in Tel Aviv Thursday and cried, "refuse to be soldiers of the occupation". The eight refusniks were among those who signed a letter by high school seniors calling for a refusal to serve in the IDF.
So far about 300 people have signed the so called "seniors' letter". Most of those who signed the letter are not seniors at all, but leftist activists. Among the protesters were two future refusniks, Omri Evron, 19, and Lior Wolinic, 18, who were due to be drafted next month.
"I am willing to go to prison and not serve in the occupation army," said Evron. "I hope that my move will raise the public's awareness to the injustice we are protesting against today," he added.
Wolinic added, "We arrived here at the Kirya, the symbol of Israeli occupation in the center of Tel Aviv, to protest the occupation of the Palestinian People. To be drafted into the army will not improve the security of Israeli citizens but will only contribute to the cycle of violence between the two peoples."