Atalya Ben-Abba, 19, has already spent 50 days in prison for refusing to serve in the IDF, and has now been sentenced to a further 30 days. Conscientious objector Atalya Ben-Abba, 19, was on Tuesday sentenced to a third stint in prison after reporting to the Tel Hashomer military induction base and refusing to enlist in the IDF. Ben-Abba will spend 30 days in jail, on top of the 50 days she has already served following her previous two refusals. [tmwinpost] On the previous two occasions, Ben-Abba was sentenced along with fellow draft refusers Tamar Ze’evi and Tamar Alon, both…Read More... | 12 Comments
'The price I paid is small compared to the price millions of Palestinians have been paying for 50 years,' says Alon, who was imprisoned for refusing to take part in the occupation. By Yael Marom After 130 days in military prison, the Israeli army on Wednesday released conscientious objector Tamar Alon from mandatory service. Alon served six terms in military prison for her refusal to be conscripted, which she said would have contributed to the oppression of the Palestinian people. She had expressed her willingness to instead perform civilian national service, an alternative the army rejected. [tmwinpost] “The price I…Read More... | 1 Comment
'I don’t feel the same way about the Israeli Left as I do about the American Left, because the Israeli Left deeply, deeply care about their country,' Trump's nominee for ambassador to Israel is recorded saying. Donald Trump’s nominee to be the next American ambassador to Israel has come under intense criticism for, among other things, saying the Jewish American pro-peace lobby J Street is “far worse than kapos – Jews who turned in their fellow Jews in the Nazi death camps.” [tmwinpost] But the contempt that Friedman, Trump’s former bankruptcy lawyer with no diplomatic credentials, feels for American leftists…Read More... | 7 Comments
Atalya Ben-Abba, 19, recently refused to join the Israeli army on moral grounds and, like others before her, was sentenced to jail. Here, she talks about her reasons for conscientious objection. Read more: My sister is refusing to join the IDF — and I couldn't be prouder Israeli army jails two conscientious objectors for fourth time Israeli conscientious objector released from military prison after 160 daysRead More... | 28 Comments
Praise for IDF refusenik Tair Kaminer's "ethics" obscures the fact that an illustrious military service is the Mizrahim's litmus test for social acceptance and allows the Left to bask in its own self-proclaimed enlightenment. By Tom Mehager The public debate regarding Tair Kaminer’s refusal to serve in the army illustrates, yet again, the color-blindness of the Israeli Left. Time after time the Left ignores the Ashkenazi-Mizrahi elephant in the room, effectively alienating themselves from the majority of Israeli society. However, it doesn't prevent the Left’s representatives from praising themselves as the standard bearers of "enlightenment." For instance, Haaretz columnist Uri…Read More...
Conscientious objector Tair Kaminer is being held in an Israel army women’s prison for refusing to take part in the occupation. Text by Haggai Matar Photos by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org Roughly 80 left-wing activists protested in support of jailed conscientious objector Tair Kaminer outside the IDF’s Prison 400 on Saturday. Two weeks ago Kaminer informed the army that she is refusing to serve because of the ongoing military occupation, and was sentenced to 20 days in the women’s military prison. Kaminer is expected to be released this coming weekend, after which she will once again likely refuse to serve and be…Read More... | 2 Comments
Prominent Palestinian musicians say recruiting minority ethnic and religious Arab groups into the army is part of Israel's divide-and-conquer tactics, pushing young Palestinians to 'side with the occupation' and shrug off their national and historical identity. Two prominent Palestinian musicians released a hip-hop music video this week lambasting efforts to recruit young Palestinian citizens of Israel into the country’s army. The video, by musicians Tamer Nafar and Jowan Safadi and released by the Baladna Association for Arab Youth and Hamleh (The Palestinian Social Media Center), features a group of Israeli scientists sitting in a lab and trying to create a…Read More...
For decades, since the First Lebanon War, Israeli military objector group Yesh Gvul has been leading demonstrations in support of imprisoned conscientious objectors. Last month, the organization went to ‘Prison 4’ in Zrifin to support conscientious objector Ido Ramon, who has served some 100 days for refusing to take part in the occupation. Social TV asks the activists what brings them to the demonstrations, what gives them the strength to keep returning for so many years, and what they have to say to enlistment-aged Israelis. More on conscientious objectors: Freed Israeli conscientious objector: They tried to break me Israeli teens…Read More...
Uriel Ferera says he doesn't feel like he lost the 177 days that he spent in military prison. 'The opposite. I fought for my principles — to not lend a hand to the occupation.' By Daniel Beller After 177 days in Israeli military prison and 10 trials, ideological conscientious objector Uriel Ferera is a free man. When Ferera arrived at an IDF induction base on Sunday he was under the impression that he would be heading back to jail for an eleventh time. Instead, he was told that the IDF was releasing him from military service for “incompatibility on the basis of…Read More... | 45 Comments
The vast majority of draft dodgers and deserters refuse to serve for economic reasons. Those youngsters, who already come from Israel's weakest communities, are the ones who will be harmed most by a new law that strips them of funds for higher education. By Sahar Vardi While clashes between in East Jerusalem took place surrounding the funeral of Yusuf al-Ramouni, and as the government was busy arguing about the ‘Jewish nation-state bill,’ the Knesset voted on the final approval of the "Draft-Dodgers Law.” The media coverage of the law, first proposed during ‘Operation Protective Edge’ this summer, primarily conveyed that…Read More... | 16 Comments
According to the mainstream Israeli narrative the Druze population in Israel is loyal to and maintains an alliance with the state, the most famous element of which includes mandatory military service. But is that really the whole story? The first episode in a four-part series looking at Druze in Israel, their relationship with the security forces, social equality and a not-so-new draft refusal movement.Read More... | 23 Comments
Prison guards put Udi Segal in isolation and threatened him with trumped up charges, alleges the jailed conscientious objector now serving his fifth term in Israeli military prison. Israeli conscientious objector Udi Segal stopped his hunger strike over the weekend, citing what he described as abuse by guards in the Israeli army's "Prison 6." Segal began his fifth prison term last Thursday when he once again registered his refusal to serve in the Israeli army for reasons of conscience, declaring a hunger strike to protest his continued and repeated imprisonment. Since the start of his latest prison term Segal has…Read More... | 21 Comments
Omar Sa’ad, an 18-year-old Druze citizen of Israel, was sentenced a sixth, 20-day prison term last week for refusing to be drafted into the Israeli army as a conscientious objector. Before his sixth sentencing, Sa’ad had already served 100 days in the Israeli army's “Prison 6.” Dozens of supporters gathered on a hillside overlooking the prison to show their support and solidarity with Sa’ad earlier this month. Members of a new group of Jewish refusers also joined the protest and described Sa’ad as a role model who gave them strength in their own struggle against military conscription. Related: Israeli teens tell…Read More...
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