International symbol for "CO", or conscientious objector status, protected by international law.

Israeli Musician Jailed For Refusing To Join IDF

Omar Sa’ad, an Arab-Palestinian citizen of Israel, is a musician who plays the viola, refused to fulfill the mandatory conscription service in the Israeli Defense Force required by all Israeli citizens and claimed CO, or “conscientious objector” status but has been arrested and in and out of jail for standing up for his values, and AlternativeNews.org has a good article about how ACT! and other activists and organizations have drafted a petition to the state of Israel and it demands the release of Mr. Sa’ad. To see the petition and read a statement by the musician-activist Omar Sa’ad taking this courageous stance and to find out more about this check out AlternativeNews.org here.


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