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Conscientious objector

Published May 22. 2013 4:00AM
Oded Balilty/AP Photo
A left-wing activist holds a picture of Israeli conscientious objector Natan Blanc during a protest calling for his release from military prison Tuesday in front of the ministry of defense office in Tel Aviv. The Israeli military has jailed Blanc for six months because of his opposition to Israel's occupation of the West Bank, in one of the most protracted cases by a conscientious objector in years. The refusal by 20-year-old Natan Blanc to serve in the military has shined a light on Israeli policies toward the Palestinians. It has also put the military in a delicate position as it tries to resolve the case, since releasing him could set an unwanted precedent while keeping him jailed could turn into a public relations debacle.

A left-wing activist holds a picture of Israeli conscientious objector Natan Blanc during a protest calling for his release from military prison Tuesday in front of the ministry of defense office in Tel Aviv. The Israeli military has jailed Blanc for six months because of his opposition to Israel's occupation of the West Bank, in one of the most protracted cases by a conscientious objector in years. The refusal by 20-year-old Natan Blanc to serve in the military has shined a light on Israeli policies toward the Palestinians. It has also put the military in a delicate position as it tries to resolve the case, since releasing him could set an unwanted precedent while keeping him jailed could turn into a public relations debacle.

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