Conscientious Objectors Facing Jail

YERUSHALAYIM (AP) -

Activists say a group of some 50 Israeli youths have sent Israel’s prime minister a petition refusing to enlist for compulsory military service to protest Israel’s continued presence in Yehuda and Shomron, the largest such group of objectors since 2001.

Dafna Rothstein Landman, a petitioner, says the objectors are draft age or beginning the conscription process. She said they were not affiliated with any organization.

Shimri Zameret of Yesh Gvul, a group that supports conscientious objectors, said about three objectors are currently in jail and some seven more are set to serve jail time this year.

The military had no comment.