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Israeli Female Conscientious Objector Sent to Jail for Third Time

Atalia Ben Abba, who prefers to do civilian national service, will serve 30 more days ‘for the sake of ending the oppression and violence’

Atalia Ben Abba was sentenced Wednesday to military prison for the third time for refusing to serve in the Israeli army − she received 30 days on top of the 50 she has already served over two stints.
Ben Abba, a 19-year-old from Jerusalem, prefers to do civilian national service, according to the website Mesarvot that has been following her case.
On Facebook, Ben Abba wrote that she was afraid to return to prison. “It’s hard because every little thing that could give you strength is a thing that can be taken from you,” she wrote. “I’m afraid to go back because this time I’ll be alone, even if only physically.”
But she will return, she wrote, “because this battle is much bigger than me …. This battle is for millions of people who live here − for the sake of ending the organizational culture, the oppression and violence.”
Two other women who refused to serve in the army were recently released from prison. Tamar Ze’evi, from Jerusalem, was released after 115 days after her claim of conscientious objection was accepted.

Tamar Alon, from Tel Aviv, was released after 130 days at the recommendation of her boot-camp commander, Lt. Col. Yossi Matzliach. The conscientious-objection committee had rejected her claim but Matzliach made his decision based on the hard time Alon was having in prison.

Gili Cohen
Haaretz Correspondent
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Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police

The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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