#70 Marlene, another point about military service - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Johnboy
    • 10.12.07 | 01:58 (IST)

    One you may not be aware of. Obviously military service in Israel is compulsary. What is not so obvious is that there is no rule that excludes Israeli Arabs from compulsary military service. What happens is they have to be called up for compulsory service, and the IDF looks at the ID card and simply will not call up anyone whose "nationality" is listed as "Arab". The impications run deep, because the State makes available many services and benefits only to those people who have done compulsary service - which excludes ALL Arabs, even those who volunteer for military service. Which means it can carry out racial discrimination yet pretend that it isn't being racist. And the evidence? Israeli yeshiva students don't have to do their compulsary service, but they don't loose those benefits by so refusing. All citizens are equal in Israel, only some are more equal than others....

    from the article: The impossible forfeit
    First published 00:00 09.12.07 | Last updated 00:00 09.12.07
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