Israel: Conscientious objectors Noa Gur Golan and Hadas Tal imprisoned again
(21.10.2017) Conscientious objectors Noa Gur Golan and Hadas Tal from Israel were imprisoned again for their refusal to be conscripted.
Noa Gur Golan , 19, has already served 87 days in military prison, and was recently sentenced to another 30 days. Hadas Tal, 18, who's spent 50 days behind bars, was sentenced to 10 more days for her refusal to serve in the IDF.
In her written statement to the Israeli army’s conscientious objectors committee, Tal wrote:
“I refuse to take part in the IDF, a violent military framework, which I vehemently oppose... I refuse to take part in any organization that represents violence and acts violently, which is why it is important for me to note that just as I refuse to enlist in the IDF, I would not enlist any other army; not the Swiss army, not the American army, not the Swedish army, etc.”
In another statement, she said “It is important not to let this system continue existing without resistance. The refusers who sat in prison before me did not end the occupation, but there is great significance to our acts — in raising awareness and creating public conversation.”
Prior to her latest appearance before the conscientious objectors committee, Noa Gur Golan posted on Facebook and said:
"I will go back for the fourth time, because even when the barbed wires look threatening, and they remind me that I am in prison, I know I did the right thing. I know that if I was given the privilege and the strength to say no, I know that I was given a responsibility, and I will fulfill it."
You can also write to Israel's embassies abroad. Find a list of these here .
War Resisters' International calls for the immediate release of all conscientious objectors.
War Resisters‘ International, October 21, 2017