Israel

Israel: Conscientious objectors Tair Kaminer and Tanya Golan imprisoned

Country:
  • Israel
Alert:

Refusers Tair Kaminer and Tanya Golan have been imprisoned in Israel.

Tanya Golan

Activist:
Country:
  • Israel

An anarchist, a vegan and an activist in ecological struggles refuses to take part in the Zionist army. We publish her Declaration of refusal, which includes her reasoning and her social criticism.

My name is Tanya Golan and I am 20 years old. I have decided to refuse the conscription to the IDF, and I saw a value in doing it publicly and straightforwardly.

Speaking tour: Israeli conscientious objector speaking in Britain

Israeli conscientious objector Taya Govreen-Segal, currently interning in the WRI office in London, is speaking at various events over the coming weeks around Britain.

Events include: 30th January - Palestine day in Portsmouth, 1st February - Glasgow; 2nd February - Edinburgh; 5th February - Godalming; 13th February -  %20">Britain and Palestine Conference, Sailsbury (talk on the Israeli arms trade).

See more info here.

Take Action: Support Chaw Sandi Tun from Myanmar and Tair Kaminer from Israel with your emails!

This month we are calling for your support for two prisoners of conscience: Burmese activist Chaw Sandi Tun and Israeli activist Tair Kaminer. Chaw Sandi Tun has been sentenced to six months’ imprisonment in connection with a Facebook post mocking the army. She was arrested in Yangon and transferred to Maubin prison, where she remains behind bars. Support Chaw Sandi via your protest email here.

Tair Kaminer, 19-year-old activist from Israel, has been imprisoned for 20 days for her refusal to join the Israeli military this month. Support Tair via your protest email here.

ISRAEL: Conscientious objector Tair Kaminer imprisoned

Activist:
Country:
  • Israel
Alert:

Conscientious objector Tair Kaminer has been imprisoned in Israel for 20 days.

Send a protest email to the Israeli authorities here.

In her declaration, Tair writes 'When I look at all these children, at the next generation of both sides and the reality in which they live, I can but see the continuation of trauma and pain. And I say: Enough!'

Tair Kaminer

Activist:
Start of detention:
  • 10 Jan 2016
End of detention:
  • 30 Jan 2016
Country:
  • Israel
Description:
  • First imprisonment. Ten days for refusing military service.

Release conscientious objector Tair Kaminer

Activist:
Country:
  • Israel
Not sent after:
  • 29 Jan 2016
  • Use this form to send the letter below to the relevant authority (Minister of Defence Moshe Ya`alon). You can add your own notes in a separate box after the standard text, if you wish. You must include a name, address, and email address; a copy will be sent to you with a cc to the WRI office (so we have a record of how many email letters have been sent out for this particular case).

Release conscientious objector Tair Kaminer

Dear Moshe Ya'alon,

19-year-old Tair Kaminer has been imprisoned for her refusal to join the Israeli military.

Tair Kaminer refuses to enlist in the Israeli Army based on beliefs and conscience. She claims her human right to conscientious objection, as guaranteed by Article 18 of the ICCPR. In a decision from January 2007, the United Nations Human Rights Committee recognised the right to conscientious objection as a legitimate exercise of the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion, as guaranteed by Article 18 ICCPR.

My name is Tair Kaminer

Activist:
Country:
  • Israel

My name is Tair Kaminer, I am 19. A few months ago a ended a year of volunteering with the Israeli Boy and Girl Scouts in the town of Sderot, on the Gaza Strip border. In a few days, I will be going to jail.  An entire year I volunteered in Sderot, working with children living in a war zone, and it was there that I decided to refuse to serve in the Israeli military. My refusal comes from my will to make a contribution to the society of which I am a part and make this a better place to live, from my commitment to the struggle for peace and equality. 

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