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Prison Term for Conscientious Objector Or Ben-David – female

or1-150x150Prison Term for Conscientious Objector Or Ben-David – female

Dear Friends

Or Ben-David, 19, from Jerusalem, a signatory of the  2009-2010 high school seniors letter of refusal, was sentenced earlier today (29 Oct.) to 20 days in military prison. This sentence follows a sentence of seven days of confinement to base given her a week ago ( 22 Oct). She is now held in the military prison for women (no. 400) in Tzrifin.

Or originally requested to appear before the so-called “Conscience Committee” (an internal military committee reviewing requests for exemption from military service on grounds of conscience in Israel), but was never summoned to appear before it.

In a letter explaining her decision to refuse Or wrote:

To refuse means to say no! No to the military rule in the West Bank, no to the use of violence as a means of defence, no to patriarchy, no to violence against innocent people, no to abuse against soldiers, no to war and no to a society that claims to be democratic, but forces youths to carry weapons,kill and be killed.

I refuse because I want to make a difference. I want all those Palestinian youths who have lost hope to see that there are Israelis who care and who make a different choice. I want all those of my friends who became soldiers or who are about to become soldiers to see that things don’t have to be the way they are and that doing all those immoral things is not something to be taken for granted, that another way is possible, that you don’t have to suffer inside a military system that oppresses you (most soldiers suffer while they’re in the army). Maybe they too will open their eyes and their minds a bit more to what is going on around them.
Or Ben-David is due to be released from prison on 15 November, but is likely to be imprisoned again soon afterwards. Her address in prison is:
Or Ben-David
Military ID 6054025
Military Prison No. 400
Military Postal Code 02447, IDF
Israel
Fax: ++972-3-9579389
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 or via this website and they will be printed out and delivered during visits.

Update on the case of *Efi Brenner*

Efi is due to be released from prison tomorrow morning. It now seems likely he will not be sent to prison again, at least not in the near future. The military authorities seem intent on granting him a temporary exemption on account of being underweight. Thanks a lot to all those who took action on his behalf.

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 the imprisoned objectors letters of support (preferably postcards or by fax) to the prison addresses above.

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, Hakirya,  Tel-Aviv 64743.

Fax: ++972-3-6976711
Copies of your letters can also be sent to the commander of the military prison  for women at:
Commander of Military Prison No. 400
Military Prison No. 400,
Military postal number 02447, IDF
Israel.
Fax: ++972-3-9579389
Another useful address for sending copies would be the Military Attorney General (note updated fax number):
Avichai Mandelblit,
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:
Gadi Agmon,
Commander of Induction Base,
Meitav, Tel-HaShomer
Military Postal Code 02718, IDF
Israel.  Fax: ++972-3-737- 60-52
For those  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 Or Ben-David (Military ID 6054025), a
conscientious objector to military service, has been imprisoned for her refusal to become part of the Israeli army, and is held in Military Prison no. 400 for women in Tzrifin.

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

I therefore call for the immediate and unconditional release from prison of Or Ben-David, 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.

contact details for English language media outlets in Israel:

Ha’aretz (English edition)
21 Schocken st. Tel-Aviv, 61001
Fax: +972-3-512-11- 56
e-mail: letters@haaretz. co.ilhttp://mc/compose?to=letters@haaretz.co.il

Jerusalem Post
P.O. Box 81   Jerusalem 91000
Israel   Fax: +972-2-538-95- 27
e-mail: news@jpost.co. il <http://mc/compose?to=news@jpost.co.il>
or letters@jpost.co.il http://mc/compose?to=letters@jpost.co.il

Another Objector in Prison
A Druse Arab *Walaa Kassem Naffaa*, 18, from Beit Jann, has served a 21-day prison sentence earlier in October, and immediately after it, on either the 28 or the 29 of October, was sentenced to a second term, this time of 14 days.

Walaa is a member of the Druze religious community. Druze men are among the few Palestinian citizens of Israel to whom the Israeli military applies mandatory conscription. Many young Druze men have refused to serve in the Israeli military on the grounds that such service would amount to fighting an ethnic war against their own people. Walaa also cites his general resistance to war and to conscription as grounds for his refusal to enlist.

Already at the age of 17, Walaa Naffaa refused to undergo the medical
tests, mandatory for Israeli youths facing conscription. The military
authorities eventually set an enlistment date for him in June this year, but he was not informed of this, and was later arrested and tried for being AWOL.

Walaa’s current prison term is due to end on 9 or 10 November, but he is likely to return to prison for further terms soon afterwards. Also, as you can see, we’re still trying to collect more information about his case, and will be sending further updates with more details later on.
Walaa is held in Military Prison no. 6:

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