refusenik

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refusenik

, refusnik
1. (formerly) a Jew in the Soviet Union who had been refused permission to emigrate
2. a person who refuses to cooperate with a system or comply with a law because of a moral conviction
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Yet ours was a common story, small-time miscreants, refusniks of the minor variety, furtive delinquents slipping off the reservation, but only to the party store next door.
It is a quiet revolution which too many union refusniks have been unable to acknowledge with any grace.
They are called "refusniks." This rejection of the military, once the melting pot of Israeli society, has only made more room for the religious fanatics.
Do we belabor the USSR to release Jewish "refusniks" when higher profiles bring them not release but increased persecution?
These refusniks will be on hand, waiting to see if a better deal emerges.
Our country was a leading voice on behalf of the Jewish refusniks in the Soviet Union.
Among other things, they wrote "When the elected government tramples on democratic values and the possibility of a just peace in the region, we have no choice but to obey our conscience and refuse to take part in the attack on the Palestinian people." Gadi Algazi, Lehakshiv le Kol Haseruv [To Listen to the Voice of Objection], in MISHPETEY HA-SARBANIM: HA-TOVE'A HA-TZvA'I NEGED HAGAY MATAR, MATAN KAMINER, SHIMRI ZAMERET, ADAM MAOR AND NAOAM BAHAT, HA-TOVE'A HATZVA'I NEGED YONATAN BEN ARTZI [THE REFUSNIKS TRIALS: THE MILITARY PROSECUTOR VERSUS HAGAY MATAR, MATAN KAMINER, SHIMRI ZAMERET, ADAM MAOR, NOAM BAHAT, AND THE MILITARY PROSECUTOR VERSUS YONATAN BEN-ARTZI] 7, 11 (Dov Khenin et al.
On the Israeli side, the continuation of the conflict led to a drift in the Israeli military due to the refusniks, or the military who refuse to serve in the Israeli army, and are determined not to participate in the oppression of Palestinians or to commit war crimes.
But Mr Rehn also said that there were still some 'refusniks' in the Turkish judiciary resisting the reform process, and certain worrying cases which he described as "road accidents which we cannot consider positively".
the sword is always beaten by the spirit." (93) Notes * This essay is dedicated to the "refusniks" in the
Fewer than 60 per cent of those registered to vote are likely to do so tomorrow, although it is difficult to see what the refusniks hope to gain from their inaction other than to further destabilise an already shaky electoral system