Omar Saad, a Druze-Palestinian musician from the Galilee, refuses Israeli military service

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Omar Saad, a young (Druze) Palestinian musician from the Galilee village of al-Mughar has received a summon to the Israeli enlistment army. The Druze citizens of Israel are forced to enlist in the Israeli military, since 1956, when conscription law applied to Druze men (not to other Palestinians). Recent studies show that two thirds of Druze youth would not enlist in the Israeli military if given the choice, read more here.

Omar is one of the many Druze youth who refuse to serve in the Israeli military, in his letter below (which I translated from Arabic), he says it all:

To the Israeli Prime Minister,
To the “Defense Minister,”

Subject: refusal to appear for compulsory military recruitment.

I’m the undersigned, Omar Zahr Eldin Mohammad Saad from the village of Mughar – Galilee, have received a notice to appear in the military recruitment offices on 31.10.2012 to conduct tests according to the conscription law imposed on the Druze community. I would like to make the following points:

I refuse to appear for tests, because I oppose the law of conscription imposed on my Druze community. I refuse because I am a man of peace and I hate all forms of violence, and the military institution represents for me the peak of physical and psychological violence. Since I received the notice to appear for tests, my life has changed, I became more nervous, my thoughts were distracted, I remembered thousands of cruel images, and I couldn’t imagine myself wearing military uniform and participating in the suppression of my Palestinian people or fighting my Arab brothers. I oppose the recruitment to the Israeli military and any other military for conscience and nationalistic reasons. I hate the injustice and oppose the occupation; I hate intolerance and restriction of freedoms. I hate those who detain children, the elderly and women.

I am a musician, I play the Viola , I have played in many places, I have musician friends from Ramallah, Jericho, Jerusalem, Hebron, Nablus, Jenin, Shfa’amr, Eilabun, Rome, Athens, Amman, Beirut, Damascus, Oslo, and we all play for freedom, humanity and peace, our weapon is the music and we shall not have any other weapon.

I am from a community that was unjustly treated by an unjust law, how can we fight our relatives in Palestine, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon? How can I hold arms against my brothers and people in Palestine? How can I be a soldier standing at Qalandia checkpoint or any other checkpoint, after I experienced the injustices at these checkpoints? How can I prevent someone from Ramallah to visit his city, Jerusalem? How can I guard the apartheid wall? How can I be a jailer to my own people while I know that the majority of prisoners are freedom prisoners and seekers of rights and freedom?

I play for joy, for freedom, for a just peace based on halting settlements, the end of the occupation in Palestine, the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem its capital, the release of all prisoners in prisons and the return of displaced refugees to their homes.

Many of the youth from my community have done the compulsory service in the army, what have we received? Discrimination in all areas, our villages are the poorest, our lands were confiscated, there are no master plans, and no industrial zones. Percentages of university graduates in our villages of the lowest in the region, the unemployment rates in our villages are the highest. This mandatory law has kept us away from our Arab connection.

This year, I will finish high school, and I seek to complete my university education. I’m sure you will try to make me concede my human ambition, but I announce it loudly:

I’m Omar Zahr Eldin Mohammad Saad will not be the fuel to the fire of your war, and will not be a soldier in your army .

Signature: Omar Saad

This article was originally published by on October 27, 2012.

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He should enlist just all Palestinians with Israeli citizenship. I view this like when Jerusalem Palestinians boycott the municipal elections. That way when he sees War Crimes being committed by the Jewish Supremacists that he makes them aware of their war crimes and that he will be a witness at their War crime trials in the future. Not enlisting means they have won. YOU HAVE TO BE CONSTANTLY IN THESE EVIL PEOPLE’S FACE. Either the… Read more »

Good article about the Druze Initiative Committee here:
Whatever you do, don’t treat Druze refusal as new or limited. It is long standing and widespread.

The Druze will always be there.The states won’t. I think Israel will go first.

The Junbalats and the Arslans probably have the “most secure lives”

“Whose has the most secure life today, a Lebanese Druze, a Syrian Druze or an Israeli Druze?”

Sure, we know, Puddy, Israel could have killed them all, but didn’t, and we should be thankful for it?
For anybody who’s interested, every word Proudzionist ever said, ever will say, or indeed, ever could say can be found here.

proudzionist777 October 27, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Whose has the most secure life today, a Lebanese Druze, a Syrian Druze or an Israeli Druze?

Tell us ……. and why.