Israeli Conscientious Objector Sentenced to Sixth Term in Military Lock-up

Tair Kaminer will have served 170 days in military prison when her current term ends. Omri Baranes, another conscientious objector, handed 30-day sentence.

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Tair KaminerCredit: Tomer Appelbaum
Gili Cohen
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Conscientious objector Tair Kaminer, 19, was sentenced to another 45 days in military prison on Sunday for refusing to serve in the Israel Defense Forces.

The sentence, imposed by the IDF's Tel Hashomer induction base commander Col. Eran Shani, will be the sixth term served by Kaminer.

She has already served some 125 days in lock-up. By the time Kaminer completes her latest sentence, she will have spent almost 170 days in military detention.

Kaminer wrote on her Facebook page that she refused to serve "for the sixth time with full belief in peace."

She has served more time in military prison than any conscientious objector before her.

In addition to Kaminer, another conscientious objector was sentenced to a 30-day term in military prison on Sunday. It was the third prison term for Omri Baranes, who said she was not prepared to "participate in an aggressive system, in an occupation army that thrusts weapons into the hands of 18-year-old children."

Baranes added that she "hews to the path of pacifism and hopes for the day when compassion will awake and peace will arrive through discussion and tolerance."

Both Kaminer and Baranes are members of a group of conscientious objectors called Objectors – A Political Objection Network.

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