Ruth Hiller

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Ruth Hiller
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International Network Coordinator
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New Profile, the movement to demilitarize Israeli society
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Ruth Hiller, mother of 6 and grandmother of 6, is a longtime peace activist and one of the original founders of New Profile (www.newprofile.org/english). Four of her sons have refused to serve in the Israeli military. Her oldest son, Yinnon, was the first pacifist in Israel to get an exemption from the military via an appeal to the High Court of Justice (though the army released him at the last minute -- ostensibly on grounds of 'unfitness' -- to avoid an actual court ruling, which would have established more of a legal precedent). This was a-six-year struggle with the military and through the courts. It is a unique story in the history of refusal in Israel.

Ruth has published several reflective pieces on this process and on her involvement in New Profile, in English, German, and Italian venues. On past occasions, she has represented New Profile before the European Parliament and before many peace and women's groups in the USA and Europe. Today she serves as New Profile’s international network coordinator.