Israeli woman jailed three times for refusing to join the armyon October 30, 2021 at 11:01 pm

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Most Jewish Israelis do military service. But a small number, like Shahar, take an ideological stance.

In September, a young Jewish ultra-orthodox Israeli man asked for leave to remain in the UK because he feared being imprisoned as a deserter from the military if he returned to his home country.

The unusual case has shone a light on the issue of conscientious objectors in Israel.

Most Jewish Israelis do compulsory military service for at least two years. However, every year a small number take an ideological stance to oppose their conscription and end up in military prison. Shahar Perets is one of them.

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