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Update on Imprisoned Objectors in Israel 22 June 2005
Sergeiy Sandler and Mirjam Hadar New Profile.
Posted by The Other Israel

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In today`s update:
COs Eyal Brami and Misha Hadar Imprisoned. Refuse to Cooperate with Military Prison Authorities
Fourth Prison Term for CO Wissam Qablan
Fourth Prison Term for CO Alex Kohn
Recommended Action

Dear Friends,

After a month`s break, we resume our prisoner updates.

Let us first begin with the good news: CO Yahel Avigur has been finally discharged from the military (officially - on medical grounds), and is no longer in danger of further imprisonment. Thanks to all who took action on his case.

The other four objectors, on whose cases we have reported in the past, are in prison at the moment. More details follow below.




COs Eyal Brami and Misha Hadar Imprisoned. Refuse to Cooperate with Military Prison Authorities

Objectors Misha Hadar and Eyal Brami have both made a decision to refuse from now on to wear a military uniform and follow orders while in prison. Misha Hadar has formulated this decision in the following letter:
June 2005

It is now two months since my first refusal to serve in the Israeli army and since I made my request to be heard by a `conscience committee` a right which I have so far been denied. After several terms in jail I have come to the conclusion that sooner or later, any dialogue with the military follows the logic of the military - a way of thinking which is fundamentally lacking in conscience, which bases itself in brute force, and which, since 1967 leads to the consistent abuse of the Palestinian people and their rights.
In my case, the army has rejected outright and without any explanation my repeated appeals to be allowed to appear before the conscience committee, or to voice my arguments in an alternative way.

As a result, I feel that any attempt on my part to speak has become wholly superfluous. In fact, it only creates strange types of co-operation with what is lacking in conscience. I will, therefore, from now on, no longer have any communication with representatives of the military as such. At the same time I will be very willing to respond to anyone who, as an individual - even if he or she be uniformed - addresses me as an individual person with rights. This situation would, of course, change should I be allowed to appear before the conscience committee.

Misha Hadar
Misha`s fourth prison term, of 28 days, began on 6 June. At first he was sent by the prison authorities to the Isolation Ward of the prison, but once this fact was brought to the attention of the Commander of the Prison (by Adv. Smadar Ben-Nathan, who visited Misha in prison on New Profile`s behalf), this decision was reversed, and Misha is now held in the Reserves Company of the prison. He is due to be released from prison on 1 July, and is quite likely to be imprisoned again afterwards.

Eyal Brami followed the same course of action as Misha Hadar, when he was imprisoned for the fourth time for 21 days on 20 June. As far as we know he is right now held in the Isolation Ward of Military Prison no. 4. Eyal is due to be released from prison on 8 July, and is likely to be imprisoned again afterwards.

Their prison addresses are: Misha Hadar
Military ID 7323957
Military Prison No. 4
Military Postal Code 02507, IDF
Israel Eyal Brami
Military ID 7706258
Military Prison No. 4
Military Postal Code 02507, IDF
Israel
You can also send messages of support to Misha Hadar by e-mail, to the address: misha.seruv@gmail.com. Although he will not be able to reply, at least not until he`s released, his parents will be printing out your letters and bringing them to Misha on visits.




Fourth Prison Term for CO Wissam Qablan

CO Wissam Qablan has been imprisoned twice since our last update - once for 7 days, and again, on 5 June, to 21 days in prison. He is held in Military Prison No. 6. He is due to be released this Friday, 24 June, and it is possible that he will be imprisoned again afterwards.

One correction about Wissam`s personal details that we owe you - Wissam is 20 years old (not 18, as previously published). He refused to be enlisted already back in 2003, and only this year has turned himself in to the military authorities to face imprisonment.

Letters to Wissam can be sent to:
Wissam Qablan
Military Prison No. 6
Military Postal Code 01860, IDF
Israel



Fourth Prison Term for CO Alex Kohn

CO Alex Kohn has been imprisoned for the fourth time on 20 June, this time for 21 days. He is held in Military Prison no. 4, and is due to be released from prison on 8 July. He is likely to be imprisoned again after his release.

Letters to Alex can be sent to:
Alex Kohn
Military ID 6866693
Military Prison No. 4
Military Postal Code 02507, IDF
Israel



Recommended Action

First of all, please circulate this message and the information contained in it as widely as possible, not only through e-mail, but also on websites, conventional media, by word of mouth, etc.

Other recommendations for action:

1. Sending Letters of Support

Please send the imprisoned objectors letters of support (preferably postcards) to the prison addresses above.


2. Letters to Authorities

It is recommended to send letters of protest on behalf of the imprisoned objectors, preferably by fax, to:
Mr. Shaul Mofaz,
Minister of Defence,
Ministry of Defence,
37 Kaplan St.,
Tel-Aviv 61909,
Israel.
E-mail: sar@mod.gov.il or pniot@mod.gov.il
Fax: ++972-3-696-27-57 / ++972-3-691-69-40 / ++972-3-691-79-15

Copies can be sent to the commanders of the military prisons at:

Commander of Military Prison No. 4,
Military Prison No. 4,
Military postal number 02507, IDF
Israel.
Fax: ++972-3-957-52-76 Commander of Military Prison No. 6,
Military Prison No. 6,
Military postal number 01860, IDF
Israel.
Fax: ++972-4-869-28-84

Another useful address for sending copies would be the Military Attorney General:
Chief Military Attorney
Military postal code 9605, IDF
Israel
Fax: ++972-3-569-43-70

It would be especially useful to send your appeals to the Commander of the Induction Base in Tel-HaShomer. It is this officer that ultimately decides whether an objector is to be exempted from military service or sent to another round in prison:
Commander of Induction Base,
Baqum, Tel-HaShomer
Military Postal Code 02718, IDF
Israel.
Fax: ++972-3-737-60-52

Copies of appeals can also be sent to:
Head of Incompatibles Unit
Induction Base (Baqum)
Tel-HaShomer
Military Postal Code 02718, IDF
Israel.
Fax: ++972-3-737-67-05.

For those of you who live outside Israel, it would be very effective to send protests to your local Israeli embassy. You can find the address of your local embassy on the web.

Here is a sample letter, which you can use, or better adapt, in sending appeals to authorities on the prisoners` behalf:

Dear Sir/Madam,

It has come to my attention that [name & military ID], a conscientious objector, has been imprisoned for his refusal to perform military service for the [n-th] time in a row, and is held in Military Prison No. [4/6].

The imprisonment of conscientious objectors such as [name] is a violation of international law, of basic human rights and of plain morals. The repeated imprisonment of conscientious objectors is an especially grave offence, as it means sentencing a person more than once for the same offence, and has been judged by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention to constitute a clear case arbitrary detention.

I therefore call for the immediate and unconditional release from prison of [name], without threat of further imprisonment in the future.

Sincerely,



3. Letters to media in Israel and in other countries

Writing op-ed pieces and letters to editors of media in Israel and other countries could also be quite useful in indirectly but powerfully pressuring the military authorities to let go of the objectors and in bringing their plight and their cause to public attention.

Here are some contact details for the main media outlets in Israel: Ma`ariv:
2 Karlibach st.
Tel-Aviv 67132
Israel
Fax: +972-3-561-06-14
e-mail: editor@maariv.co.il Yedioth Aharonoth:
2 Moses st.
Tel-Aviv
Israel
Fax: +972-3-608-25-46 Ha`aretz (Hebrew):
21 Schocken st.
Tel-Aviv, 61001
Israel
Fax: +972-3-681-00-12
Ha`aretz (English edition):
21 Schocken st.
Tel-Aviv, 61001
Israel
Fax: +972-3-512-11-56
e-mail: letters@haaretz.co.il Jerusalem Post:
P.O. Box 81
Jerusalem 91000
Israel
Fax: +972-2-538-95-27
e-mail: news@jpost.co.il or letters@jpost.co.il Radio (fax numbers):
Kol-Israel +972-2-531-33-15

and +972-3-694-47-09
Galei Zahal +972-3-512-67-20
Television (fax numbers):
Channel 1 +972-2-530-15-36
Channel 2 +972-2-533-98-09


We will continue updating on further developments in the reported cases. Please refer to our previous updates for further details.



Thank you for your attention and action,

Sergeiy Sandler and Mirjam Hadar New Profile.
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