Two Conscientious Objectors Arrested by IDF

YERUSHALAYIM -

Two Israeli women were arrested on Wednesday after they refused to serve in the Israeli military for political reasons, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Conscientious objectors Tamar Alon, 18, and Tamar Ze’evi, 19, declared at the induction center in Tel Hashomer that their refusal is based on their “unwillingness to contribute to the oppression of the Palestinian People,” according to a statement by Mesarvot — Political Refusal Network, which is assisting them.

They were arrested and jailed for two days by army authorities. Israel does not recognize political or conscientious objection as grounds to receive exemption from the draft.

Earlier this year, conscientious objector Tair Kaminer spent 166 days in prison before she was eventually released.