ISRAEL: Repeated imprisonment for women COs Raz Bar-David Varon and Maya Yechieli Wind


Israeli women conscientious objectors Raz Bar-David Varon and Maya Yechieli Wind have been sent to prison again on 3 February, only a few days after having been released from their previous prison terms.

For Raz Bad-David Varon this is the fifth prison term, not counting seven days of confinement to base. Raz Bad-David Varon started her first detention on 3 November 2008.

For Maya Yechieli Wind this is the second prison term.

Both women reported to the Induction Base on 1 February, and were then given a conditional sentence of 10 days in prison for their refusal to enlist. When, on the next day, the two objectors persisted with the refusal, the conditional sentences were activated, and to this were added 15 days for Maya Yechieli Wind and 20 days for Raz Bar-David Varon. They were sent to prison on the next day, 3 February 2009.

War Resisters' International calls for letters of support to Raz Bad-David Varon and Maya Yechieli Wind:

Raz Bar-David Varon (Military ID 6000383)
Maya Yechieli Wind (Military ID 5984305)
Military Prison No 400
Military Postal Code 02477, IDF
Fax: +972-4-9579389

War Resisters' International calls for letters of protest to the Israeli authorities, and Israeli embassies abroad. An email letter to Israels Minister of Defence Ehud Barak can be sent at /node/6646.

Please send a copy of your letter to the Shministim (High School Seniors), as letters are often not handed to those in prison. Please send a copy be email to

War Resisters' International calls for the immediate release of conscientious objector Raz Bad-David Varon, Maya Yechieli Wind, and all other imprisoned conscientious objectors.

Andreas Speck
War Resisters' International