An Israeli conscientious objector has been sent to prison for the seventh time, reported +972 Magazine.
Adam Rafaelov was sentenced by an Israeli military disciplinary body to ten days in military prison for his refusal to be conscripted. Military conscription is mandatory for most Jewish Israelis.
Rafaelov, 18, “has been sent to prison seven times since July when he was first sentenced”, the report stated. “Upon completing his current sentence, Rafaelov will have served a total of 87 days behind bars,” +972 Magazine reported.
In his initial refusal statement, Rafaelov said that “the Israeli regime justifies its violence toward Palestinians by claiming it is defending the Jewish homeland.”
“But it is impossible to justify continual, violent and oppressive rule in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The Israeli public has been ruling over the fate of the Palestinians, who have been deprived of their basic human rights”, he added.
Israel prides itself on being the ‘most moral army in the world’, but there is nothing moral about occupation and oppression. Military rule, poor living conditions, home demolitions, siege — all these are part of Palestinian daily life under a discriminatory, fascist occupier
the statement continued.
“I refuse to take part in a system that goes against my worldview. I refuse to allow this system to continue to exist without resistance.”