Aiden Katri says release comes after mental health officer said she was ‘healthy,’ and shows army did not recognize her anti-occupation views.
The Israel Defense Forces has discharged Aiden Katri, a transgender woman who refused to report for basic training on the grounds that she is a conscientious objector – on mental health grounds.
Katri, 19, was born male and has not undergone any kind of sex-change treatment or surgery.
Due to be inducted into a combat unit, she underwent legal proceedings in the army and was discharged Sunday after being incarcerated in Military Prison 6, in the wing for men; her request to be transferred to the women’s wing had been denied.
An army source said Katri was not discharged because she was a transgender individual, noting that there are dozens of transgender soldiers serving in the IDF.
“I feel like a woman and had conducted myself as a transgender woman even before I was drafted,” Katri wrote in a letter to the commander of her prison about a week and a half ago. She added that she understood that she was under incarceration as a punishment, “but being in a men’s facility constitutes additional punishment. I beg of you to transfer me to the women’s company.”
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