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A Druze refuser now in prison

May 20th, 2012 — 12:57 am
Armo Naffa
The Israeli Police arrested 18-year-old, Armo Naffaa from the Palestinian town of Bit Jan in northern Israel, after he refused conscription. Armo Naffaa is a member of the Druze religious community, whose male members are conscripted to the Israeli army. He continues a tradition of Druze refusal to join a military that fights an ethnic war against their own, Palestinian, people.
We shall send you a more detailed update on his case after we will have more information.
Arab Druze Follow-Up Committee issued a press release saluting “the humanitarian and patriotic stance of Naffaa’ who chose imprisonment over being part of an army of occupation”.
You can read more about his case here

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Noam Gur has been freed!

May 20th, 2012 — 12:55 am
Refuser Noam Gur was exempted from military service on the 14th of May, several days after she was released from her second prison term of 10 days each. Prior to the discharge she was sentenced to an additional prison term of 15 days, but the prison sentence will not be implemented.
Noam is now no longer in risk of further imprisonment. She wishes to thank you all for you support.

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Second Prison Term for Conscientious Objector Noam Gur

May 6th, 2012 — 12:28 am

onscientious objector Noam Gur sentenced to a second term in prison for her refusal to join the Israeli Army.

On Sunday the 29th of April, Noam Gur, was sentenced for additional 10 days in prison for her refusal to enlist. This is her second consecutive prison term. She is held in military prison no. 6, and is due  to be released from prison on May 7th. However, she is likely to be imprisoned again soon afterwards.

During her first prison sentence Noam refused to wear a uniform. For disobeying orders she was put in isolation and would only be allowed to join the prison population if she agreed to wear a uniform.

Prisoners in isolation cells are not allowed books or other reading material. They are subjected to eating their meals alone in their cells. During the day their mattresses are removed from their beds. Noam could only endure isolation for one day and agreed to wear a uniform for the duration of her prison term.

But there were other difficulties. Noam is vegan and this proved to be very problematic. The army was not prepared, or was not willing, to provide Noam with her full nutritional needs. In the past the army allowed vegans to bring their own food supplies into the prisons. However this procedure has been changed and we filed a complaint. It was only after we intervened did the army provide her with her with food fit for vegans.

Noam sends her thanks to all of you who have sent her support letters.


    Her prison address is:
    Noam Gur
    Military ID 6084062
    Military Prison No. 6

Since the prison authorities often block mail from reaching imprisoned objectors, we also recommend you to send them your letters of support and encouragement via e-mail to: messages2prison@newprofile.org (hitting “reply all” to this message will send the message to the same address), and they will be printed out and delivered during visits.

Recommended Action
First of all, please circulate this message and the information contained in it as widely as possible, not only through e-mail, but also on websites, social networks, conventional media, by word of mouth, etc.

Other recommendations for action:

1. Sending Letters of Support

Please send Noam letters of support to the prison address above and to messages2prison@newprofile.org.

2. Letters to Authorities

It is recommended to send letters of protest on the objectors’ behalf, preferably by fax, to:

Copies of your letters can also be sent to the commander of the military prison at:

    Commander of Military Prison No. 6,
    Military Prison No. 6
    Military Postal Code 01860, IDF
    Israel
    Fax: ++972-4-9540580

Another useful address for sending copies would be the Military Attorney General:

    Denny Efroni,
    Chief Military Attorney
    Military postal code 9605, IDF
    Israel
    Fax: ++972-3-569-45-26

It would be especially useful to send your appeals to the Commander of the Induction Base in Tel-HaShomer. It is this officer that ultimately decides whether an objector is to be exempted from military service or sent to another round in prison, and it is the same officer who is ultimately in charge of the military Conscience Committee:

    Gil Ben Shaul,
    Commander of Induction Base,
    Meitav, Tel-HaShomer
    Military Postal Code 02718, IDF
    Israel.
    Fax: ++972-3-737-60-52

For those of you who live outside Israel, it would be very effective to send protests to your local Israeli embassy. You can find the address of your local embassy on the web.

Here is a generic sample letter, which you can use in sending appeals to authorities on the prisoners’ behalf. Feel free to modify this letter or write your own:

    Dear Sir/Madam,It has come to my attention that Noam Gur (military ID 6084062), a conscientious objector to military service, has been imprisoned for the second time for his refusal to become part of the Israeli army, and is held in Military Prison no. 6 near Atlit.

    The imprisonment of conscientious objectors such as Noam Gur is a violation of international law, of basic human rights and of plain morals. This is especially clear in cases, such as Gur’s, in which conscientious objectors are being sentenced repeatedly for their self-same decision to refuse enlistment.

    I therefore call for the immediate and unconditional release from prison of  Noam Gur, without threat of further imprisonment in the future, and urge you and the system you are heading to respect the dignity and person of conscientious objectors, indeed of all persons, in the future.

    Sincerely,

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Conscientious objector Noam Gur sentenced to prison for her refusal to join the Israeli Army.

April 18th, 2012 — 12:41 am

Noam Gur, 18 year old from, Kiryat Motzkin near Haifa, arrived yesterday morning, Monday, 16 April, to the Induction Base in Tel Hashomer, where she declared her refusal to serve in the Israeli Army as it is an occupying force. She was sentenced to 10 days of imprisonment for her refusal. She has refused to wear military uniform and was transferred to solitary confinement.

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Protest in support of refusers Alon Gurman and Noam Gur

April 17th, 2012 — 07:19 am

Dozens gathered in the entrance to Tel Hashomet military base, where Noam Gur and Alon Gurman were to be imprisoned for refuring to serve in the Israeli army , in their words due to:

We, Noam Gur and Alon Gurman, hereby declare that we will not do that which is been forced on us by the state, and will refuse to join the Israeli army.

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New young Israeli Refusers - 2012

April 10th, 2012 — 12:16 am

For decades hundreds of Israeli youth have declared at different times and for different reasons that they will refuse to serve in the Israeli military as they see its actions as immoral.

Many times, these conscientious objectors (COs) are imprisoned for refusing to serve in the army, as the military service is mandatory in Israel for all youth at the age of 18 for a period of 3 years for men and 2 years for women (There are parts of Israeli society that are automatically exempted from military service such as the Palestinian citizens of Israel and most Jewish-religious women).

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Shministim Day of Action: January 9!

January 5th, 2010 — 04:04 pm

(a few of the 2010 shministim refusers, Or Ben-David is on the right)

(some of the 2010 shministim, right: Or Ben-David, currently in prison)

Want to support the Shministim? Organize a demo this January 9th!

If you would like to arrange such a demo, or if you know someone who will, please email shministim10 at gmail.com

More info here: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/event.php?eid=228763641008&ref=mf

(If you are in the San Francisco/Bay Area, please join Dialogues Against Militarism and friends this Saturday,  January 9th, at the Ferry Building Farmers’ Market — Embarcadero BART Station in SF — at 11 a.m. for a solidarity party for imprisoned war resisters. More info: clare at collectiveliberation.org)

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Mia Tamarin Discharged From Military

December 17th, 2009 — 03:24 pm

 

After four prison terms, Israeli conscientious objector Mia Tamarin was finally discharged from the Israeli military. Continue reading »

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Third prison term for Or Ben-David

December 15th, 2009 — 11:23 pm

Or Ben-David returns to prison after being sentenced for 34 days. This is her 3rd prison term in a row. After completing a second prison term, Or Ben-David, of the 2009-2010 high school seniors letter of refusal, was sentenced earlier today, Dec. 15th, to 34 days in prison. She will serve her sentence in the military prison for women (no. 400) in Tzrifin/Sarafand. Or is expected to be released on Jan. 21st and is likely to be imprisoned again soon afterwards.

Take action here: http://www.shministim.com/2009/12/34-days-in-prison-for-co-or-ben-david/

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Second prison term for Or Ben-David

November 16th, 2009 — 11:20 pm

After completing her first prison term, Or Ben-David, of the 2009-2010 high school seniors letter of refusal, was sentenced earlier today (16 Nov.) to 20 more days in the military prison for women (no. 400) in Tzrifin. This is her second term in prison and the third time she has been tried and sentenced for her refusal to enlist. She is due to be released from prison on 3 December and is likely to be imprisoned again soon afterwards.

For full information and recommended action, go to: http://www.shministim.com/2009/11/second-prison-term-for-conscientious-objector-or-ben-david/

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