Israel: Atalia Ben-Abba exempted from conscription

Conscientious objector Atalia Ben-Abba has been exempted from military service after spending 110 days in military prison for her refusal to join army. Ben-Abba's release was on grounds of unsuitability, after her request to be recognized as a conscientious objector was rejected.

In her statement following her release, Ben-Abba said “The army can call the waiver [from mandatory conscription] whatever it wants, but the fact of the matter remains that it gave me a waiver as a result of my simple refusal to participate in a system that uses violent means to oppress another people, which has imposed an occupation upon it for 50 years, and is imposing a siege, the consequences of which are yet to be seen.”

As War Resisters' International, we stand in solidarity with Atalia Ben-Abba and all conscientious objectors refusing to serve in the military. To support conscientious objectors like Atalia, subscribe to our mailing list CO Alerts and send your protest emails to the authorities when a conscientious objector is persecuted. 

Read more about Atalia Ben-Abba's release click here.

Source: +972 Magazine and War Resisters' International

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