ISRAEL: Conscientious objector Bar Ahronovitch imprisoned


Bar Ahronovitch, a conscientious objector in Israel, was imprisoned yesterday.

At 18-years-old Bar Ahronovitch declared his refusal to serve in the Israeli Army at Tal-hashomer Induction Base. He was sentenced to 20 days in prison for his refusal.

You can send a protest email here.

Ignoring international standards
Bar Ahronovitch claims his human right to conscientious objection, as guaranteed by Article 18 of the ICCPR. In a decision from January 2007, the United Nations Human Rights Committee recognised the right to conscientious objection as a legitimate exercise of the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion, as guaranteed by Article 18 ICCPR.

You can send letters of support to:
Bar Ahronovitch
Military ID 205997406
Military Prison No. 6
Military Postal Code 01860, IDF
Fax: ++972-4-9540580

Since the prison authorities often block mail from reaching imprisoned objectors, we also recommend you to send them your letters of support and encouragement via e-mail to Bar through New Profile, at

War Resisters' International calls for letters of protest to the Israeli authorities, and Israeli embassies abroad. An email letter to Israel's newly appointed Minister of Defence can be sent at /node/22697.

A list of Israel's embassies abroad can be found here.

War Resisters' International calls for the immediate release of conscientious objector Bar Ahronovitch, and all other imprisoned conscientious objectors.

Hannah Brock
War Resisters' International