Israeli military to free female refusenik

2016-07-14 17:24
An undated file photo of Tair Kaminer. (Shani Scarlett Kagan, Mesarvot via AP)

An undated file photo of Tair Kaminer. (Shani Scarlett Kagan, Mesarvot via AP)

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Jerusalem - The Israeli military says it will release a woman who supporters say has served the longest jail sentence to date for a female conscientious objector.

In a statement on Thursday, the army said it had found Tair Kaminer "unfit for service."

In Israel, military service is mandatory for most young Jewish men and women. Kaminer, 19, refused to enlist because she opposes Israel's nearly 50-year occupation of Palestinian lands. Instead, she has asked to perform civilian national service.

Kaminer has been sentenced to a series of jail terms totalling more than 150 days behind bars. She is expected to be released on July 29.

In a statement, Kaminer said she was relieved to be heading home, but vowed to continue her struggle against the "oppression of the Palestinian people".

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