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Israel: Conscientious Objector Or Ben-David Sentenced to Third Prison Term
by War Resisters International
After completing her second prison term, Or Ben-David, of the 2009 high school seniors letter, was sentenced on 15 December to 34 more days in the military prison for women (no. 400) in Tzrifin. This is her third term in prison and the fourth time she has been tried and sentenced for her refusal to enlist.
Or Ben-David 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 Isarel), but was never summoned to appear before it.
She is due to be released from prison on 14 January 2010 and is likely to be imprisoned again soon afterwards.
War Resisters’ International calls for letters of support to Or Ben-David: 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 to shministim10(at)gmail.com, and they will be printed out and delivered during visits.
War Resisters’ International calls for letters of protest to the Israeli authorities, and Israeli embassies abroad. An email letter to Israels Minister of Defence Ehud Barak can be sent at http://wri-irg.org/node/9439.
War Resisters’ International calls for the immediate release of conscientious objector Or Ben-David, and all other imprisoned conscientious objectors.
War Resisters’ International, eMail December 16, 2009. More information at www.shministim.com