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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None of this is to say that I am a poppy refusenik. I bought mine on Friday and will wear it with pride until Armistice Day is over.
The refusenik will then ask why he is being detained, and request to see a supervisor.
Meanwhile, moderate Muslims challenge militant Muslims, putative Muslim refuseniks denounce Muslim extremists, and would-be reformists repudiate apologists who refuse to embrace the need for change.
However if Pristina seeks to deal with its refusenik Serbs with a heavy hand - if they treat what is happening as a rebellion - then they will be playing into the hands of the local Serbian leadership who have engineered the "Assembly." The sensible approach will be to treat this discontented minority with patience and avoid being railroaded into angry protests and demands that the "Assembly" be abolished.
Laura Bialis' absorbing "Refusenik" charts the decades-long struggle of Soviet Jews and their advocates to pressure the former Soviet Union into letting its oppressed Jewish citizenry emigrate.
Peretz Kidron, a refusenik himself, chronicles stories, experiences, and points of view of Israeli soldiers who have refused to serve in the Palestinian territories, even at the risk of imprisonment, rather than participate in what they view as an unjust occupation in defense of illegal Jewish settlements.
Natan Sharansky, the former Soviet refusenik who earlier this year quit his Israeli government post as minister of Jerusalem and Diaspora affairs, fears that his adopted country is losing its Jewish character.
Goodman worked out of New York where he and Myrna Shinbaum would gather up-to-date data about each refusenik in its files and disseminate the details.
If I were an Israeli, I would probably not have the courage to be a refusenik, like the Israeli director who helped organize a meeting between the Arabic-Hebrew Theatre and our delegation--who faced possible jail time for signing a document that says "We shall not continue to fight beyond the 1967 borders in order to dominate, expel, starve and humiliate an entire people." Perhaps, unlike the Israeli refuseniks whose numbers are 500 strong (and growing), I would have followed orders.
"This is not refusenik. This is traitor," said Ilya Magad.
One of the guests, Katz, was himself a former refusenik.
If you are a chardonnay refusenik, start your rehabilitation with this perfumed, creamy and textured French example.