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December 5, 2013

Druze youth jailed for refusal to serve in Israeli army

A teen from Israel's Druze minority faces prison for conscientious objection.

Israeli soldiers patrol along the Israeli- Syrian border next to the Druze village of Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights, on 20 May 2011. EPA/ATEF SAFADI

Omar Saad, an 18-year-old Druze from northern Israel, will face jail time for refusing to serve in the Israeli army. He will reportedly be imprisoned for 20 days for refusing military service. 

Objectors in the past have been imprisoned for up to a month, and the day after their release, called again for service. Their continued refusal has resulted in multiple incarcerations before being exempted from the military service. Saad is expected to be continually imprisoned in the same way.