Israeli Concientious Objector Goes to Prison

26 August 2008

Sahar Vardi, 18, has long been a friend of PSP and a committed solidarity activist in the Occupied Territories. Palestine Solidarity Project is honored to work with her and support her and the other Israeli youth who refuse to serve in the Israeli Occupation Forces. These young men and women, who have made a huge commitment to Palestinian liberation by not supporting their government’s policies and participating in the solidarity movement inside the Occupied Palestinian Territories, are true solidarity activists.

She is part of a larger group of High School seniors who signed a joint letter informing the Israeli Ministry of Defence of their intention to refuse to serve.

On August 25 Sahar was sentenced to an initial 7 days in prison, which is expected to be renewed when completed. A demonstration was held outside an induction base before she was put into military prison later in the day (see video below). The demonstration was confronted by a small group of counter-demonstrators who became violent with the peaceful demonstration but overall the event was a celebration of Sahar and other young Israelis refusing to serve.

Sahar can be contacted via mail at:

Sahar Vardi
Military ID 6055780
Military Prison No. 400
Military Postal Code 02447, IDF
Israel

Because mail to refusers is often withheld, letters of support can also be sent to shministim@gmail.com and will be printed out and given to her during visits. Because she is in isolation for refusal to wear a military uniform while in prison, and it is anticipated that her imprisonment will be extended, letters are encouraged.