Israel: Conscientious objector Noa Gur Golan imprisoned

Conscientious objector Noa Gur Golan, 19, from Israel was sentenced to 30 days in military prison for her refusal to serve in the military. She has already spent 14 days behind bars last month, after refusing to enlist for the first time.

When her sentence will be over, Gur-Golan will refuse again and probably be sentenced to another term in prison.

Towards her imprisonment, Gur-Golan published a post on social media, in which she wrote: “I am going back to military prison tomorrow with mixed feelings. Honestly? It is tough to go back. I feel very passive in prison, lots of hours of doing nothing in the cell... It is very easy for me to forget why I am even there. On the other hand, when I think of the true reason for my refusal, I am filled with strength to keep up the fight. My personal fight, to live and contribute to society according to my conscience, and fight that is much bigger than me and my refusal- the fight for peace, for real security and freedom for all those who live here – Israelis and Palestinians. Out of faith in humans and not in weapons. I know there is another way.”

Following Gur-Golan's imprisonment, War Resisters' International (WRI) has launched an online action calling on international supporters to send protest emails to the Israeli authorities demanding Gur Golan's immeadiate release. To send your email, you can use the link here.

Solidarity

As well as filling in WRI's email alert, you can also send your solidarity messages to Noa Gur Golan. Use this link to write to her and your messages will be passed on.

You can also write to Israel's embassies abroad. Find a list of these here .

Source: War Resisters' International

Photo: Conscientious objector Noa Gur Golan outside the Tel Hashomer induction base, July 12, 2017. By Edo Rimon / Mesarvot

 

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