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    News for Anarchists & Activists: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo The Jordan Times Israeli conscientious objector jailed for 21 days TEL AVIV (AFP) — An
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      News for Anarchists & Activists:
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      The Jordan Times

      Israeli conscientious objector jailed for 21 days

      TEL AVIV (AFP) — An Israeli conscientious objector, Yigal
      Rosenberg, was jailed for 21 days for refusing to answer his
      draft call, the Israeli pacifist group New Profile said
      Monday.

      The 18-year-old from Haifa in northern Israel refused to
      serve in the army on “social and political grounds,”
      including his opposition to Israel's occupation of the
      Palestinian territories, the group said.

      He was sentenced on Sunday.

      Last week, another 18-year-old, a member of a small
      anarchist group, was sentenced to 28 days for refusing his
      call-up.

      Rosenberg was the second person jailed from a group of 62
      school-leavers who announced last September they would
      refuse to participate in the occupation of the Palestinians
      during their obligatory military service.

      Thirteen Israelis, either conscripts of reservists, have
      been jailed this year for refusing to serve in the West Bank
      or the Gaza Strip, New Profile said.

      The Israeli army does not recognise the right of men to
      refuse military service on conscientious grounds.

      The army was shaken late last month by a petition by 52
      reserve officers and other ranks who refused to serve in the
      Palestinian territories, saying they would not participate
      in the oppression of the Palestinian people.

      So far, 149 soldiers have signed up to the petition, which
      has sparked growing concern in both the military top brass
      and parliament.

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      Dan Clore
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