Atalya Ben Abba refuses to serve in the Israeli military, gets sentenced to a further 30 days in military detention
On 6 February this year I refused to join the Israeli army in defiance of Israel’s policy of conscription. That day, as expected, I was sent to military prison. My objection to serving in the army is grounded in reasons of conscience; I believe that in order to bring security to all people in Israel and Palestine, government policy must change and the occupation must end. When I was a child I would often wander the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem with my mother.
11 May 2017