Israeli Conscientious Objector Tair Kaminer Released From Prison After 159 Days

Kaminer was jailed after refusing to be drafted, citing her objections to Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories.

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Tair Kaminer freed from IDF prison, July 18, 2016.
Tair Kaminer freed from IDF prison, July 18, 2016. Credit: Nimrod Glickman

The Israeli military released conscientious objector Tair Kaminer from prison and military service on Monday citing a recruitment board's findings she was not fit to serve due to "poor behavior."

Kaminer, 19, spent 159 days behind bars, after the military rejected her appeal for an exemption from service due to reasons of conscience. She had expressed a readiness to perform civic duties instead.

Kaminer had had her jail term extended six times since January. Her release cut short a 45-day extension of incarceration imposed on June 20.

She has served the most time in prison of any conscientious objector.

In an op-ed published by Haaretz on June 23, Kaminer wrote: I am in prison because the state does not respect my conscience. I am in prison because I am unwilling to collaborate in the crime known as 'occupation.'"