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  • 'With my head held high': Conscientious objector freed after 110 days in prison

    The Israeli army had sentenced Helman to six separate prison sentences for his refusal to be conscripted into the military and, in his words, 'take part in the occupation and Israel's policies of oppression vis-a-vis the Palestinians.' Conscientious objector Matan Helman was discharged from the Israeli army on Thursday after six stints in prison adding up to a total of 110 days behind bars. The official reason for his discharge: Bad, grave behavior. Helman, 20, from Kibbutz HaOgen, first declared his refusal to be conscripted into the military for reasons of conscientious objection in November of 2017. [tmwinpost] In an…

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  • My great-grandfather saved Jews during the Holocaust. Now I'm in jail for refusing to enlist in the IDF

    Helman says his family's history of resistance to oppression inspired his decision to refuse to enlist in the Israeli army. By Matan Helman Two Israeli draft refusers were sent to jail last Tuesday. Ayelet Brachfeld, 18, from Tel Aviv, and Matan Helman, 20, from Kibbutz HaOgen. Helman, who has already served 90 days in military prison, faces another 20-day prison term. Brachfeld, who has already served 40 days in military prison, will spend another 30 days behind bars. Before his imprisonment, Helman wrote a letter about his family’s uncommon story during the Holocaust. Helman’s father is Israeli, born on the kibbutz.…

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  • Draft refusers prepare for jail: 'We are part of a movement for change'

    Saar Yahalom and Matan Helman will serve time in prison for refusing to enlist in the army because of the occupation. By Yael Marom Dozens of supporters joined two Israeli conscientious objectors as they heaed to the IDF induction base Sunday to declare their refusal to join the Israeli army. Saar Yahalom, 18, from Be’erotayim, and Matan Helman, 20, from Kibbutz HaOgen, say that they will not enlist due to their opposition to the occupation. They are expected to be sentenced and imprisoned on Sunday. [tmwinpost] For Yahalom, this is his first declaration of intent to refuse to serve in…

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  • After 5 months in jail, it's time to talk about why I refuse to serve

    Ofir Averbukh has served more than 150 days in Israeli military prison for his refusal to be conscripted into the army. In the following interview, Ofir explains why he is only going public about his refusal now, and why Israeli youth should view choosing to be conscripted, not just refusing, as a decision of significant moral weight.

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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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  • 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 conscientious objectors sent to military prison for second time

    The two young women already spent seven days in prison for refusing to take part in the occupation. An IDF tribunal sentenced two Israeli conscientious objectors, Tamar Alon and Tamar Ze’evi, to 10 days in military prison on Monday for refusing to serve in the Israeli occupation. Two weeks ago, the young women declared their conscientious objection at the Israeli army’s Tel Hashomer induction base, saying that they refuse to take part in the oppression of the Palestinian people. They were sentenced to seven days in military prison at the time. [tmwinpost] At the end of their current prison stint,…

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  • WATCH: Two conscientious objectors sent to military prison

    Kaplan served two years in the army before deciding to refuse. The two are expected to serve additional prison terms. Text by Haggai Matar Video by Israel Social TV Two conscientious objectors, Yaron Kaplan and Ido Ramon, were sentenced to 30 and 10 days in prison, respectively, for their refusal to serve in the Israeli army. For Kaplan, it is his first imprisonment. Until now he served as a conscripted soldier and decided to refuse to complete the final year of his service. During a protest at the Tel Aviv induction base last week, Kaplan explained that he feels obligated…

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  • Jerusalem high school alumni to students: Refuse military draft

    Dozens of Jerusalem's Israel Arts and Sciences Academy alumni publish a letter calling on future graduates to refuse to serve the occupation. Orly Noy sat down to speak to one of the signatories about the legality of the letter, militarism in the educational system and the influence of former IASA student, Sayed Kashua.  Just three months ago reservists from the secretive Unit 8200 declared their refusal to serve in the army. Now a group of alumni from the Jerusalem's Israel Arts and Sciences Academy (IASA) are calling on the school's students to do the same and refuse to enlist. There are…

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