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Attorney General Menachem Mazuz Expresses "Sympathy and understanding" Towards Conscience Objection 10/05/2004
 
 

Mr. Mazuz expressed his support at a convention held by the Israel Bar Association, while attending a panel that dealt with the boundaries of abiding by the law. "I can understand young people who stand up for beliefs and ideology," He said there, "By itself, it seems that it can be a positive phenomenon which represents social empathy and involvement."

The Attorney General described the conscience Objection and the refusal based on political views as an "integral part of the Israeli reality and of the Israeli public discussion".

Mr. Mazuz stressed that the balance between the value of conscientious objection and its consequences should be considered according to "The particular time and place".

Regarding punishment, Mr. Mazuz said: "There is an uncomfortable feeling among those who deal with punishing conscientious objectors. The main goal of the law enforcement establishment is to catch the 'regular' criminals". In that regard, he also said the legitimacy of the refusal depends on the personal price which the refuseniks pay for their decision to disobey the law in order to practice their belief.

Courage to Refuse responded: "The attorney general has joined a large and respectable group of leading legal authorities and public figures who understand that refusal to serve is founded on morality, caring, and love of the country. That group includes former attorney general Michael Ben-Yair, Prof. Ze'ev Sternhell, and author Sami Michael, head of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel."

 

 

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http://www.maarivintl.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=article&xCache=%7Bts%20%272004%2D05%2D12%2011%3A53%3A14%27%7D&articleID=7154

 

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/425935.html

 

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1084160738549&p=1078027574121

 


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