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Taylor Swift megafan: I refused military service and support sanctions on Israel army

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Since 2017, Na’ama has been maintaining a popular parody account about US pop sensation Taylor Swift, to keep fans up to date on Taylor’s (not so real) activities – like buying Spain. But for two months, dedicated “Swifties” were deprived of updates, as the 19-year-old megafan was serving time in an Israeli prison for refusing to join the military.

Although always aware of the conflict Na’ama began to take notice of the Palestinian cause when she was 17, “Only when I read foreign news and met Palestinian people did I understand the scope of it. I then turned to the UN reports on Palestine, and from there the rest is history.”

Her self-education on Palestine was what pushed her to refuse to join the Israeli army. “After I got educated, I saw that the scales weren’t balanced at all. I couldn’t tip them any further, so I refused to enlist.”

“This happens pretty often in Israel with teens who are moral objectors, so I’m really not some sort of pioneer, but I’m happy to help.”

Her main concerns, she explains, with Israel’s actions towards Palestine is its disregard for Palestinian civilians.

Over 6,000 people in Gaza alone were shot last year. That’s not normal, none of this is normal, and the international community should do something to stop it.

Another issue she raises is the fact that many Palestinians are not allowed to move within the land freely: “I personally........

© Middle East Monitor