Israel jails 19-year-old woman for refusing military service
A 19-year old woman has been jailed by the Israeli authorities for refusing to be conscripted into the Israel Defence Force.
Noa Gur Golan is currently being held in a military prison near Haifa, having been detained for more than 30 days.
She is being held in a room with nine other women and is only allowed to see her family once every two weeks.
Israel expects all Jewish, Druze and Circassian Israeli over the age of 18 to do their military service, with women being conscripted for two years and men two years and eight months.
Ms Golan’s brothers, aged 29 and 24, have completed their service with the Israeli Defence Force.
She had sought to avoid military service on the grounds of her being a pacifist, but her plea has been rejected in the two hearings she has had so far, the independent reported.
Ms Golan made her plea in an open letter which she wrote before refusing to be drafted.
Having experienced the 2014 Gaza war and worked with children, her eyes had been opened to “the kind of atmosphere children in this country grow with. An atmosphere full of hate and fear. They grow up in a reality where violence is the norm.”
Her views had also been influenced by spending two years at a sixth form college, the United World College of the Adriatic, where she and a Palestinian girl from Hebron were both awarded scholarships.
“The love I feel towards my friends from my city Netanya is identical to the love I feel towards my friends from Hebron,” she wrote.
“With this in mind, I have realised that I will not agree to take part in the oppression of another nation, that I do not believe in building walls but building bridges.”