She was sentenced to 21 days in military prison for refusing to serve the Israel Defence Forces on 22 September 2008, along with Tamar Katz and Mia Tamarin. She is one of about 40 high school students who signed the 2008 high-school seniors’ ("Shministim") protest letter. In order to prepare herself for her incarceration in a military prison, Goldman went to a psychologist every week. She has spent a second term in prison for refusing to serve again
She claims that the crucial moment of her metamorphosis occurred when she went to the Palestinian village Shufa where the IDF had set up a roadblock. Someone she had considered her enemy stood beside her and someone who was supposed to be defending her opened fire at her.
Her words of refusal to serve in an army have inspired many: "I believe in service to the society I am part of, and that is precisely why I refuse to take part in the war crimes committed by my country. Violence will not bring any kind of solution, and I shall not commit violence, come what may."
- Official Website with History, Letters from Prison, Videos and Photographs of Israel and Palestine, and related Peace Activist Organizations - www.omergoldman.com
- Goldman Sachs Capital Partners attack Israeli Peace Activists and Children's Organization - www.goldmansachsfinancial.com/attack.html
- Father, forgive me, I will not fight for your Israel - The Sunday Times 2008-12-10
- Ed Asner: The Shministim - Huffington Post 2008-12-16
- Radio interview with Omer Goldman - The Current (2009-1-8), a radio program of CBC with Anna Maria Tremonti