ISRAEL: Conscientious objector Matan Kaminer to be court-martialed / first hearing tomorrow
Conscientious objector Matan Kaminer (ISR12840) is the next conscientious objector to be court-martialed. He returned to the induction base yesterday, after finishing his third prison term on 3 March, and refused to be tried by an officer. His arguments were: 1. His offences are not of disciplinary nature. 2. So far the judges did not have judicial knowledge of the problem. 3. He is in the same situation as Jonathan Ben-Artzi and Haggai Matar. He now will be court-martialed - the same as with Jonathan Ben-Artzi and Haggai Matar. The first hearing in his court-martial will be tomorrow, and from then on the trial might drag on for more than two months. A court-martial can sentence him to up to three years in prison.
The hearing will be at 12pm local time (GMT+2), at Jaffa Military Court. Please send protest faxes to: Jaffa Military Court
91-93 Yeffet Street
Tel Aviv - Jaffa
Fax: +972-3-512646 -0 /-1
War Resisters' International also calls for protest letters to the Israeli authorities, and Israeli embassies abroad.
War Resisters' International calls for the immediate release of Matan Kaminer and all imprisoned conscientious objector.
War Resisters' International
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