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  • For first time in 13 years, IDF recognizes female refuser as conscientious objector

    IDF releases Tamar Ze'evi after a total of 115 days in military prison, recognizing her as a 'conscientious objector.' By Yael Marom and Haggai Matar After spending a total of 115 days in military prison, the Israeli army decided to release Tamar Ze'evi on Thursday, after formally recognizing her as a conscientious objector. This is the first time in over a decade that the IDF's conscientious objectors committee has recognized that refusing to serve in the army over opposition to the occupation is a legitimate reason for exemption. [tmwinpost] Ze'evi appeared before the committee last Monday alongside conscientious objector Tamar Alon,…

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  • An open letter to a future Israeli soldier

    I honestly believe you want the best for this country, but if you care about the Israeli society, there are other ways to make a difference. Joining the IDF only perpetuates the status quo — one that is bad for Israel and much worse for Palestinians. By Ido Liven Congratulations. You are 18 years old today. We don’t know each other but your birthday is especially important to me. Let me explain. When you were born, I joined the IDF. I shouldn’t have. [tmwinpost] Don’t get me wrong — it was a truly life changing experience. I met some of my best friends…

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  • WATCH: Conscientious objector on why she refuses to join the IDF

    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 days

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  • My sister is refusing to join the IDF — and I couldn't be prouder

    In our childhood we would fight imaginary monsters. Today the monster of the occupation is far stronger — yet Atalya continues to bravely fight on, and is willing to pay the price for her beliefs.  By Amitai Ben-Abba Tomorrow, Tuesday February 6, my sister Atalya Ben-Abba will refuse to join the Israeli army and will likely be sent to prison. Atalya has seen more of the reality of our troubled region than most Israelis her age. She volunteered for a year of national service with her youth movement, Hashomer Hatzair, to work with kids on the margins of Israeli society in…

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  • 250 high school students declare support for conscientious objectors

    Students at Tel Aviv's Ironi Alef sign petition in support of Tamar Alon and Tamar Ze'evi, who refuse to serve in the army over their opposition to the occupation. Over 240 Israeli high school students signed a petition on Friday morning in support of two conscientious objectors. [tmwinpost] The petition, organized by Mesarvot, an Israeli NGO that supports conscientious objectors, called to support Tamar Alon — a former student at Tel Aviv's Ironi Alef High School, where the petition was circulated — and Tamar Ze'evi. The two are now serving their fourth stint in military prison for refusing to serve in the…

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  • Israeli army jails two conscientious objectors for fourth time

    By the time their latest sentence comes to an end, Tamar Ze'evi, 19, and Tamar Alon, 18, will have spent a total of 74 days in jail for refusing to serve in the Israeli army. By Yael Marom The Israeli army on Monday sent two conscientious objectors to jail for the fourth time, just five days after they had finished serving their third stint in prison. Presenting themselves at the Tel Hashomer military induction base, Tamar Ze’evi, 19, and Tamar Alon, 18, declared their refusal to join the army and take part in the occupation, for which they were sentenced…

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  • Israeli army jails two new conscientious objectors

    Dozens accompany the two young women as they declare their refusal to serve in the occupation. Two Israeli conscientious objectors declared their refusal to serve in the occupation Wednesday morning at the IDF’s Tel Hashomer induction base outside Tel Aviv. The two young women, Tamar Alon of Tel Aviv and Tamar Ze’evi of Jerusalem, are expected to be sentenced to military prison within a matter of hours, after which they will be sent back to the induction base where they can be sentenced to another stint in prison — a cycle which can continue for months. [Update: A military tribunal sentenced…

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  • Born again peaceniks: How ex-IDF generals clean their conscience

    For years they have served in high-ranking positions in the Israeli army, taking part in the most violent aspects of the occupation. Only once they leave do they suddenly discover that, perhaps, military rule isn't such a great idea. By now it has become a tired ritual: every once in a while a former high-ranking member of Israel's defense establishment "wakes up" and discovers — to his and his supporters' utter surprise — that over the past 50 years Israel has been maintaining a violent occupation over millions of people who lack basic rights. This week came Gen. Gadi Shamni's turn to…

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  • IDF releases conscientious objector after 67 days in prison

    Omri Baranes sat in military prison for 67 days for refusing to join the Israeli army. After spending 67 days in military prison, Israeli conscientious objector Omri Baranes was officially released from IDF service on Thursday. Baranes, from the city of Rosh HaAyin in central Israel, was recognized by an IDF committee as a pacifist and was thus released on conscientious grounds. The conscientious objectors committee originally rejected her request, leading Baranes to refuse to serve in the army and sit in prison. [tmwinpost] According to the IDF conscientious objectors who oppose all forms of violence or service in any army…

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  • Israeli conscientious objector released from military prison after 160 days

    Tair Kaminer is released from Prison 6, where she served multiple sentences for refusing to serve in the Israeli army. Photos by Oren Ziv / Activestills.org Israel's longest-serving conscientious objector Tair Kaminer was officially released from prison Monday night, after serving approximately 160 days for her refusal to join the Israeli army. She is the longest-serving female conscientious objector in Israeli history. [tmwinpost] Late last week a military committee found that Kaminer, 19, was not fit for military service due to her “poor and severe behavior” — namely the fact that she refused to serve in the army due to…

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  • IDF releases longest-serving female conscientious objector

    Tair Kaminer released from military service after spending 150 days in prison for her refusal to serve due to the IDF's policies in the occupied territories. Israel's longest-serving conscientious objector Tair Kaminer was granted exemption from military service on Thursday after spending nearly 150 days in an IDF prison. [tmwinpost] On Thursday morning a military committee found that Kaminer, 19, was not fit for military service due to her "poor and severe behavior" — namely the fact that she refused to serve in the army due to her opposition to its policies in the occupied territories. The decision to release Kaminer comes a week after she…

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  • The female conscientious objector who just made Israeli history

    Following her sixth trial, Tair Kaminer has become the longest-serving female conscientious objector in Israel's history. This is her story. IDF military "Prison 6" lies in one of the most picturesque spots in Israel, at the bottom of the Carmel Mountain, between green fields and banana plantations. The prisoners can see the mountains from the yard, but there is no view of the Mediterranean, less than a mile away. [tmwinpost] The prison includes a separate unit for officers and, since 2011, a female unit as well. Prison life is boring and discipline is harsh. Most prisoners’ favorite days are those…

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  • PHOTOS: Israelis hold Purim rally for jailed conscientious objectors

    Israeli demonstrators gather in central Tel Aviv to support Tair Kaminer and Ayden Katri, two Israeli conscientious objectors who refuse to serve in the army because of its actions in the occupied territories.  Dozens of Israelis demonstrated last Thursday in central Tel Aviv in support of two Israeli conscientious objectors, one of whom is currently serving time in military prison. The demonstration, which coincided with the Jewish holiday of Purim — when Jews typically celebrate by dressing in costume — was organized in support of Tair Kaminer, who has sat in prison for a total of 75 days and is…

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