Israeli woman jailed three times for refusing to join the army – BBC News

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Shahar Perets opposed her conscription to Israeli compulsory military service – and has been jailed three times as a result.

Most Jewish Israelis do compulsory military service for at least two years, but every year a small number take an ideological stance and end up in military prison.

Last week, 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.

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