ISRAEL: Refusers Tamar Ze'evi, Tamar Alon and Jalaa Zaher released, Atalia Ben-Abba imprisoned again
Following Ze'evi's release, Tamar Alon was freed on 5th April, after serving 130 days in military prison. In her hearing on 2nd April, the committee voted not to exempt Alon from military service and release her. However, a few days later a higher ranking officer ordered her release on the grounds of “incompatibility and especially bad behaviour” — as is customary in the Israeli military following a lengthy imprisonment.
Another conscientious objector, Jalaa Zaher, a 19 year old from Issifyah village, also received an exemption from military service. Zaher, who first refused a year ago and spent more than 80 days behind bars in four consecutive terms, received an exemption from military service and was released on 5th March.
On the other hand, Atalia Ben-Abba, another CO refusing to serve in the IDF on the same grounds with Tamar Alon and Tamar Ze'evi, has been imprisoned again. This is Atalia's third imprisonment, by the end of which she will have completed 80 days in total behind bars.