Two Female IDF Conscientious Objectors Return to Prison for 30 Days

Conscientous objector Tair Kaminer, who has already spent 95 days behind bars, interned for fifth time; Omri Baranes for second time.

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Israel Defense Forces Military Prison 6, in 2002.
An IDF military prison.Credit: Nir Kafri

Two women from northern Israel were sentenced on Tuesday to a further 30 days in military prison for refusing conscription into the Israel Defense Forces.

Tair Kaminer, 19, from Tel Aviv, has already served 95 days behind bars in military prisons. Kaminer wrote Tuesday on the Facebook page of the conscientious objector support organization Misarvot that it was not easy for her to report to the army induction center knowing that she would have to go back to prison again, but “reality continues to prove that we must oppose what is happening.”

Kaminer wrote that she has “chills all over out of anger, frustration and sadness. I’m sad that today I have another reason to report and refuse to be inducted, to refuse to serve this terrible occupation.”

This will be Kaminer’s fifth time in prison since she told the IDF she was refusing induction because of her position that the army was an occupying force in the West Bank. At the end of this incarceration she will have spent 125 days behind bars. According to Mesarvot, she will then have been in prison longer than any other person for refusing to serve in the army.

The second objector is Omri Baranes, 18, from Rosh Ha’ayin, who was sentenced in April for the first time after she announced she was refusing to be inducted into the army. Baranes said she was “now going back to prison for the second time with great support around me and continuing my non-violent struggle in the hope of creating a better, saner and less violent society here.”

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