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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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Unfortunately, not all the refusniks understand the complete legal picture governing checkpoints.
Ian Wylie, Paisley, said: "Why does David Weir never get mentioned as one of the Scotland refusniks when the media talk about Boyd and Lee McCulloch?
We strongly believe that with adequate funding we could ensure that an entire generation, the children and grandchildren of Refusniks, will have a future as a strong and vibrant part of the Jewish people," says Mordechai Tokarsky.
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.
Our country was a leading voice on behalf of the Jewish refusniks in the Soviet Union.
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.
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
Short art films by local artists will be played at The B Movie Special event, and there will be acoustic music by band The Refusniks and artist Jasmin Minogue, followed by DJ sets.
I NOTICE recently readers have been commenting on how every time a major development is announced a lunatic fringe of refusniks springs up to shout down the good news.
Research by the Welsh Consumer Council highlights the high level of refusniks who see no benefit from using the internet.
Many Philadelphians, after briefing by the Council, traveled to the Soviet Union for face-to-face visits with refusniks, those Jews who were denied the right to emigrate.
While the refusniks are still at the company, those who took the money and ran are scooping up job offers all over town.