Adam Rafaelov refused to serve in the IDF due to his opposition to Israel's policies in the occupied territories. 'My struggle for exemption is over, but the struggle for freedom and equality for all people between the river and the sea continues.' By +972 Magazine Staff The Israeli army discharged conscientious objector Adam Rafaelov on Tuesday after imprisoning him for 104 days for refusing to be drafted due to his opposition to the occupation. [tmwinpost] Rafaelov, 18, from Kiryat Motzkin in northern Israel, was sent to prison a total of eight times since July of last year, when he was first…Read More...
The leader of Gaza's Great Return March holds a rare conversation with Israelis who refuse to serve in the army because of the occupation. 'Those who refuse to take part in the attacks on the demonstrators in Gaza — they stand on the right side of history.' By Edo Konrad and Oren Ziv It is difficult to imagine today, but meetings between Palestinian and Israeli activists used to be routine. The younger generation of Palestinian and Israelis, however, were born into a world of walls, fences, and segregation, where even a simple conversation can be complicated, and at times, impossible. [tmwinpost]…Read More... | 6 Comments
Hours after she is released from military prison, Nur, who was arrested along with her cousin Ahed following the release of a now-viral video, speaks about her arrest, her time in prison, and why she isn't deterred. By Oren Ziv “It’s normal, it happens every day in Palestine, that soldiers enter our village and our homes. But this time, the Israeli media made a big deal about the story and it got a lot of shares on social media,” Nur Tamimi said in an interview with +972 Magazine, hours after she was released from prison last Friday. Tamimi, 21, from…Read More... | 1 Comment
Ofir Averbukh only went public with his refusal to serve in the IDF after 130 days in jail. 'Despite the difficulties, I am proud of my decision to stand for my principles.' By +972 Magazine Staff After serving 150 days in military prison, the Israeli army released conscientious objector Ofir Averbukh late last week. Averbukh, 18, from Moshav Tzofit, identifies as a pacifist but the army repeatedly refused to recognize him as such. This past week, he was discharged by an IDF medical officer. [tmwinpost] Following his release, Averbukh, who opposes the Israeli army's conduct in the occupied territories, said he is…Read More...
Hadas Tal refuses to serve in the Israeli army due to her opposition to the occupation. By +972 Magazine Staff An IDF disciplinary body sentenced conscientious objector Hadas Tal to 10 days in military prison for her refusal to be conscripted. When she completes this latest sentence, Tal, 18, from Kibbutz Yifat, will have served a total of 60 days behind bars. Military conscription is mandatory for most Jewish Israelis. Before heading to prison for the first time, Tal said she knows her refusal will not end the occupation, but that she believes "it is important not to let this…Read More... | 1 Comment
Tamar Alon and Tamar Ze'evi will serve 27 days in military prison for refusing to serve in the occupation. The Israeli military sentenced two Israeli conscientious objectors, Tamar Alon and Tamar Ze’evi, to 27 days in military prison on Monday for refusing to serve in the army due to their opposition to the occupation. [tmwinpost] The young women first declared their conscientious objection at the Israeli army’s Tel Hashomer induction base in mid-November, saying that they refuse to take part in the oppression of the Palestinian people. They were sentenced to 10 days in military prison at the time. At…Read More... | 3 Comments
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,…Read More... | 8 Comments
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…Read More... | 2 Comments
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…Read More... | 3 Comments
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…Read More...
Tair Kaminer sentenced to 30 days in military prison. She has served a total of 45 days after refusing to enlist in the IDF due to her opposition to the occupation. Israeli conscientious objector Tair Kaminer was sentenced on Monday to another 30 days in military prison for refusing to enlist in the IDF. This is Kaminer's third sentence; she has sat a total of 45 days in jail. [tmwinpost] In early January, she informed the army that she would refuse to serve because of her opposition to the occupation, and was sentenced to 20 days in the women’s military…Read More... | 9 Comments
Photos: Ahmad al-Bazz Text: Yael Marom After 44 days in an Israeli prison, 14-year-old Malak al-Khatib has returned to her family. Family members waited for al-Khatib Friday morning at the Jabara checkpoint in Tulkarem. Al-Khatib, a 9th grader from the village Beitin near Ramallah, was arrested on December 31, 2014 near her school. Soldiers who were passing by claimed they saw her throwing stones, and that they found a knife in her backpack. She was taken to Ofer Military Prison, where she was interrogated and brought before a judge, who decided to extend her detention. Since then, she has been…Read More... | 21 Comments
On Friday, Channel 2 News aired a story of unique importance, offering a glimpse into the world of the financial difficulties faced by Israeli soldiers. A soldier from the notorious Kfir Brigade, which is often accused of brutal treatment of Palestinians, testified that 9 out of 10 soldiers need financial support, and a Knesset report indicated that thousands of soldiers desert for financial reasons each year. I first met these soldiers when I myself was in prison for refusing the draft, about 10 years ago. One after another my cellmates would talk about poverty in their homes, how their parents…Read More... | 1 Comment
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