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President of the Israeli Civil Rights Association at Courage to Refuse Event: Refusal is Patriotism 22/07/2003
 
 

Sami Michael, the reputed author and the president of the Israeli Civil Rights Association expressed his support for the members of Courage to Refuse, at a cultural event held at the Cameri Theatre in Tel Aviv. The evening began with a gala performance of "Eye Witness", a play by Joshua Sobol that deals with the question of conscientious refusal. The play, although based on a true story of an Austrian soldier during World War two, was written by Sobol after the publication of the Combatant's Letter and was greatly inspired by it.

 

Hundreds of Courage to Refuse members and supporters crowded the auditorium, among them well known public figures. Following the performance a public discussion was held, with the participation of the author J. Sobol, Sami Michael, Captain Chaim Weiss (a member of CTR), and Shimon Levi, head of  Faculty at Tel Aviv University.

 

The support statement of Sami Michael, who referred to the Refuseniks as "Patriots", was published on the first page of  Maariv's weekend edition.


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