Yesterday morning, three women COs - Omer Goldman, Tamar Katz and Mia
Tamarin - all signatories of the
high school seniors refusal letter, reported at the military
Induction Base and refused to enlist into the Israeli military (all
three can be seen on the right, photographed by the media at the
demonstration organized for the occasion). Of the three, Omer was
sentenced to 21 days in prison on the same day. Tamar and Mia were both
given a conditional sentence of 7 days in prison, kept in the Induction
Base until this morning (23 Sept.), and then, upon refusing to enlist,
were sentenced to five days of confinement to base. They should be tried
again on Sunday. Apparently the military authorities are trying to avoid
sending all three to prison together.
The three signatories of the same letter, on whose imprisonment we have
reported last month have finished their first prison terms, and are now
awaiting the decision of the military authorities in their cases. We
will, naturally, update when there are any significant developments.
This update will focus on the case of Omer Goldman, who is in prison at
the moment. Fuller updates on Tamar Katz and Mia Tamarin will follow
once they are sentenced again, early next week.
CO Omer Goldman, 19, from the Tel-Aviv suburb of Ramat HaSharon,
has been, as mentioned above, sentenced to 21 days in military prison on
22 Sept. Further terms of imprisonment might well follow after this one
ends. In her declaration of refusal she stated:
I refuse to enlist in
the Israeli military. I shall not be part of an army that needlessly
implements a violent policy and violates the most basic human rights
on a daily basis.
Like most of my peers, I too have not dared to question the ethics
of the Israeli military. But when I visited the Occupied Territories
I realized I see a completely different reality, a violent,
oppressive, extreme reality that must be ended.
I believe in service to the society I am part of, and that is
precisely why I refuse to take part in the war crimes committed by
my country. Violence will not bring any kind of solution, and I
shall not commit violence, come what may.
Omer is due to be released from prison on 10 Oct., although due to the
Jewish High Holidays an earlier date of release is also possible. Her
prison address (note the different surname, as listed in official
Military ID 5398532
Military Prison No. 400
Military Postal Code 02447, IDF
Since the prison authorities often
block mail from reaching imprisoned objectors, we also recommend you to
send your letters of support and encouragement to Omer via e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org, and they
will be printed out and delivered to her during visits. You can also use
the e-mail address to send support messages to Tamar and Mia. They're
not in prison yet, but are kept against their will in a military
compound, which is not that much different from prison, and could use
In addition, you may want to follow some of our recommendations for
First of all, please circulate this message and the information
contained in it as widely as possible, not only through e-mail, but also
on websites, conventional media, by word of mouth, etc.
Other recommendations for action:
1. Sending Letters
Please send Omer letters of support
(preferably postcards or by fax) to the prison address above.
2. Letters to
It is recommended to send letters of
protest on Omer's behalf, preferably by fax, to:
Mr. Ehud Barak,
Minister of Defence,
Ministry of Defence,
37 Kaplan St.,
E-mail: email@example.com or
Fax: ++972-3-696-27-57 / ++972-3-691-69-40 / ++972-3-691-79-15
Copies of your letters can also be
sent to the commander of the military prison at:
Commander of Military Prison No.
Military Prison No. 400,
Military postal number 02447, IDF
Another useful address for sending
copies would be the Military Attorney General:
Chief Military Attorney
Military postal code 9605, IDF
It would be especially useful to send
your appeals to the Commander of the Induction Base in Tel-HaShomer. It
is this officer that ultimately decides whether an objector is to be
exempted from military service or sent to another round in prison, and
it is the same officer who is ultimately in charge of the military
Commander of Induction Base,
Military Postal Code 02718, IDF
For those of you who live outside
Israel, it would be very effective to send protests to your local
Israeli embassy. You can find the address of your local embassy
Here is a sample letter, which
you can use, or better adapt, in sending appeals to authorities on the
It has come to my attention that Omer Goldman, Military ID 5398532,
a conscientious objector, has been imprisoned for her refusal to
perform military service, and is held in Military Prison No. 400.
The imprisonment of conscientious objectors such as Omer Goldman is
a violation of international law, of basic human rights and of plain
I therefore call for the immediate and unconditional release from
prison of Omer Goldman, without threat of further imprisonment in
the future, and urge you and the system you are heading to respect
the dignity and person of conscientious objectors, indeed of all
human beings, in the future.
3. Letters to media
in Israel and in other countries
Writing op-ed pieces and letters to
editors of media in Israel and other countries could also be quite
useful in indirectly but powerfully pressuring the military authorities
to let go of the objectors and in bringing their plight and their cause
to public attention.
Here are some contact details for the main media outlets in Israel:
2 Karlibach st.
2 Moses st.
21 Schocken st.
|Ha'aretz (English edition):
21 Schocken st.
2 Hashlosha st.
The B1 Building
P.O. Box 81
|Radio (fax numbers):
Galei Zahal +972-3-512-67-20
|Television (fax numbers):
Channel 1 +972-2-530-15-36
Channel 2 +972-2-533-98-09
Channel 10 +972-3-733-16-66