Resisters' International calls for the
immediate release of all imprisoned conscientious objectors.
Rabia Jihad Sa'ad (ISR12130) is - according to our information - still imprisoned in Military Prison No 4. He was sentenced on charges of absence without leave in mid- May - 4 months imprisonment. As he was arrested in mid-February, he should be released by mid-June.
Gilead Svirsky (ISR12132) is probably already out of prison. He was sentenced to 28 days in military prison no 6 for refusing to serve in the Occupied Territories in early May/late April. He already spent 28 days in prison in June 2002.
Jonathan Ben-Artzi (ISR12371) had a hearing in his court-martial on 28 May. We don't know the outcome yet, but we assume there will be another hearing.
Salman Salameh (ISR12602), a Druze conscientious objector, was arrested in early May. He is awaiting trial on charges of desertion. Salman Salameh was already imprisoned on charges of desertion in autumn 2002.
Hillel Goral (ISR12841) is still in Military Prison No 4, where he awaits trial on charges of desertion. Prior to this he had served three prison terms.
Shachar Ben-Haar (ISR12879) was imprisoned on 24 April for his third prison term of 28 days. We don't know whether he got a fourth prison term after his release.
Konstantin Soskin (ISR13190) was released after his second imprisonment on 25 April 2003. On 27 April, he was again sentenced to 28 days in prison, and released on 23 May. He was again imprisoned on 25 May, sentenced to another 28 days. Konstantin Soskin is a conscientious objector, and refuses to wear a uniform. He is therefore held in the isolation ward of of Military Prison No 4. In addition, he was punished with the deprivation of any phone calls for 15 days because he refused to say "Yes, Commander" to the wardens.
Shmoel Baron (ISR13413) is a special case. Although he is a pacifist, he enlisted in the IDF, and was sent to combat training. He refused, and has spent more than 120 days in prison since his enlistment, mostly in the isolation ward. Shmoel Baron was sent to the Unsuitability Committee, which decided not to exempt him. He therefore was tried afterwards and again sent to Military Prison No 6 - for another 28 days. It is not yet known if he was imprisoned again after his release.
International calls for letters of support to the imprisoned
WHERE TO SEND YOUR
Addresses of Israeli
refusing to kill