From Refuzniks


Avner, 32, historian: “ I grew up in a kibbutz, in a left-wing Zionist family. All the men in my family are in the army. At the age of 18 I joined up full of confidence, I thought we were the good guys, even if sometimes we made mistakes. But when I discovered the way the Palestinians lived, I thought it was unacceptable that the army, rather than protecting our country, was defending a colonialist project. Me and other 13 soldiers sent a letter explaining that we didn't want to be reservists.” Jerusalem, 2009.