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ISRAEL: Conscientious objector Neta Mishli sentenced to 20 days imprisonment
War Resisters' International, London, 24 April 2009
Mishli, 18, from Tel-Aviv, a signatory of the 2008 high school seniors refusal letter, began serving her first prison term on 23 April 2009. Neta Mishli arrived at the military Induction Base on 22 April and refused to enlist. For this she was first sentenced to seven days of confinement to base (she was told there was no room in the military prison for women). However, the following day she was again tried and sentenced, this time to 20 days in military prison. She was told that the Military Attorney's Office has authorised trying her again for the very same act
Neta Mishli has prepared the following declaration upon entering prison:
"I am not willing to be part of an organization committing war crimes, taking the lives of thousands of innocent civilians, an organization that, in the name of humanism and democracy, forces me and my peers to sacrifice a period of our lives, and our lives themselves, for false calm, for no calm shall come to pass until Israel decides to give up the policy of war and turn towards peace. Therefore, as a small step towards stopping the cycle of bloodshed, I hereby refuse to enlist in the military."
Neta Mishli is due to be released from prison on 10 May, but is likely to be imprisoned again soon afterwards.
War Resisters' International calls for letters of support to Neta Mishli:
Neta Mishli (Military ID 6044321)
War Resisters' International calls for letters of protest to the Israeli authorities, and Israeli embassies abroad. An email letter to Israels Minister of Defence Ehud Barak can be sent at http://wri-irg.org/node/7365.
Please send a copy of your letter to the Shministim (High School Seniors), as letters are often not handed to those in prison. Please send a copy be email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
War Resisters' International calls for the immediate release of conscientious objector Neta Mishli, and all other imprisoned conscientious objectors.