ISRAEL: CO Seif Abu Seif imprisoned


Seif Abu Seif , a conscientious objector in Israel, has been imprisoned.

At 18-years-old Seif Abu Seif declared his refusal to serve in the Israeli Army at Tal Hashomer. He was sentenced to 20 days in prison for his refusal.

You can send a protest email here.

'How can I take part in jailing and killing my brothers?'
Seif, like Omar Saad - another CO currently imprisoned in Military Prison 6 - is from the Druze community in Israel. In his declaration, Seif wrote "How can I take part in jailing and killing my brothers? How can I identify with the state that confiscated our lands? How can I as a Druz Arab Palestinian stand against those who share with me life, tradition and fate? I cannot imagine that for a second."

Ignoring international standards
Seif Abu Seif 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:
Seif Abu Seif
Military ID 8065505
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 Seif 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 Minister of Defence can be sent at /node/22770.

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

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

Hannah Brock
War Resisters' International