Archive for November 2008

Women’s Prison Announced Full

November 16th, 2008 — 11:58am

Mia Tamarin has been detained twice in military prison since signing the Shministim declaration of refusal and was again sentenced to 21 days for the third time on 10, Nov. 2008.

The military authorities however delayed the necessary bureaucratic procedures and have not yet sent her to prison. They claim the women’s prison where Mia was meant to be detained is full and unable to accommodate another inmate. They have now announced that Mia’s status is that of “confined base” and she has been ordered to report every morning to the Induction Base for the duration of her sentence instead of being sent to prison.

This seems an uncharacteristic action by the Israeli military and could indicate that it is changing its policies, temporarily at least, to avoid sending declared conscientious female objectors to prison, perhaps in response to growing publicity of the Shministim cause. 

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JVP Announces Shministim Solidarity Campaign

November 10th, 2008 — 5:24am

The Jewish-American group Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) has announced a solidarity campaign with the Shministim, a group of Israeli high school students who refuse to serve in the Israeli military because of the occupation of Palestinian Territories. Historian Howard Zinn, a member of JVP’s Advisory Board, asked tens of thousands of JVP supporters to help secure thousands of letters to the ISraeli Minister of Defense on behalf of the Shministim. The Shministim will hold a Day of Action in Tel Aviv on December 18th to demand release of conscientious objectors who have been imprisoned.

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