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Ukraine: New drafts in autumn

(28.09.2018) September 27, the deputy chief of the department of conscription and manning at the General Staff of the Ukrainian army, Colonel Valeriy Dendebera announced, that about 18,000 people are to be drafted into the Ukrainian army as part of the autumn conscription campaign October to Dezember 2018.

Hilel Garmi. Foto: Yoav Eshel

Israel: Conscientious objector Hilel Garmi imprisoned for the fourth time

(20.09.2018) Conscientious objector Hilel Garmi from Israel has been imprisoned again for his refusal to be conscripted. Garmi was sentenced to 20 more days in military prison on Monday, 17th September. This is his fourth imprisonment and when released he will have spent 57 days in military prison in total.

As well as filling in the email alert run by War Resisters International, please send your solidarity messages to Garmi via the online form by Mesarvot here.

Moroccan and U.S. soldiers at a joint military exercise Photo Chisco2

Morocco: Conscription to be reintroduced

(30.08.2018) On 20th August, Morocco’s ministerial council, chaired by King Mohammed VI, approved a draft law reintroducing compulsory military service for under 25s. If passed in parliament, both men and women aged 19 to 25 will be subject to a 12-month mandatory military service - which was abolished by the King in 2006.

Uri Avnery. Foto: dovblog

Israel: Avnery’s opponents will ultimately have to follow in his footsteps

(20.08.2018) Gush Shalom grieves and mourns the passing of its founder, Uri Avnery.  Until the last moment he continued on the way he had traveled all his life. On Saturday, two weeks ago, he collapsed in his home when he was about to leave for the Rabin Square and attend a demonstration against the "Nation State Law", a few hours after he wrote a sharp article against that law.