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ISRAEL: Conscientious objector Efi Drishner in prison for third time

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In Israel, conscientious objector Efi Drishner has been imprisoned for the third time. He is in Military Prison 6 for 20 days. Efi has declared his refusal to serve for reasons of conscience due to his opposition to the occupation of the Palestinian people, and discrimination against Palestinians inside Israel.

Send a protest email to the Israeli authorities here.

Repeated imprisonment is a violation of international legal standards. In November last year, the United Nation's Human Rights Committee, in its Concluding observations reiterated their concern that individuals whose conscientious objection applications are rejected may be repeatedly imprisoned. They called upon the Israeli authorities to refrain from repeated imprisonment for refusal to serve in the armed forces, which may constitute a violation of the principle of ne bis in idem. Read more here.

Solidarity

As well as filling in our email alert (http://www.wri-irg.org/node/24617), you can also post letters of support to:

Efi Drishner
Military ID 
8190273
Military Prison No. 6
Military Postal Code 01860, IDF
Israel
Fax: +972-4-9540580

 

Since the prison authorities often block mail from reaching imprisoned objectors, we also recommend you to send them your letters of support and encouragement via e-mail to: messages2prison@newprofile.org

 

If you have access to a fax machine, it  would also be useful to fax a copy of your protest emails to:

  • Mr. Moshe Ya'alon, Minister of Defence, Fax: +972-3-6962757, and
  • Commander of Military Prison No. 6, Fax: +972-4—9540580

You can also write to Israel's embassies abroad. Find a list of these here.

War Resisters' International calls for the immediate release of all conscientious objectors.

Andrew Dey, War Resisters' International