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
- Military Postal Code 01860, IDF
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: firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 email@example.com.
2. Letters to Authorities
It is recommended to send letters of protest on the objectors’ behalf, preferably by fax, to:
- Mr. Ehud Barak,
Minister of Defence,
Ministry of Defence,
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Tel.: ++972-3-6975540 or ++972-3-6975423
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
Another useful address for sending copies would be the Military Attorney General:
- Denny Efroni,
Chief Military Attorney
Military postal code 9605, IDF
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,
Military Postal Code 02718, IDF
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.
- 3. Letters to media in Israel and in other countries
Writing op-ed pieces and letters to editors of media in Israel and other
countries could also be quite useful in indirectly but powerfully
pressuring the military authorities to let go of the objectors and in
bringing their plight and their cause to public attention.
Here are some contact details for the main media outlets in Israel:
2 Moses st.
21 Schocken st.
Galei Zahal +972-3-512-67-20
We will continue updating on further developments.
Thank you for your attention and action,
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.
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.
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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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/
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/