A young Orthodox Jew declared his refusal to serve in the Israeli Army late last month. Uriel Ferara, an 18-year old Israeli, was consequently sentenced to a first prison term of 20 days. He is currently in solitary confinement in military prison, and upon his release, he will most likely be sentenced to another prison term.
Uriel joins Omar Sa’ad, a Palestinian-Druze citizen who is serving his seventh consecutive prison term amounting to more than 130 days in total.
Sahar Vardi, AFSC’s Israel Program Coordinator, had the chance to record the demonstration that took place on April 27, 2014 in front of the military base of Tel Ha-Shomer. Families and friends of Uriel Ferera and Omar Sa’ad showed up in front of this base, to express their refusal to serve the occupation and oppress the Palestinian people.
For more information about Uriel and other young Israelis refusing military service, visit: https://www.facebook.com/refusingIDF and http://972mag.com/watch-idf-to-jail-ultra-orthodox-jew-for-refusing-to-serve-the-occupation/90063/