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    • Manfred Wolff
    • 07.07.12 | 21:18 (IDT)

    In Germany we had good experience with the civilian service, which was compulsery for conscience war resistors. The young men - not all, but most of them - served in hospitals, homes for handycapped people, ecological projects and on many other projects with good success. They were helping hands for the professional people in these fields. when the civilian service ended last year, because the military draft also ended, they left a large gap. For many of the youg men it was an important experience and they stayed after the civilian service in social professions. The german Zivildienst was a success. Perhaps Israeli authorities or politicians should contact the former Bundesamt für den Zivildienst, now Bundesamt für Familie und zivilgesellschaftliche Aufgaben in Cologne. I remember a visit of a group of young orthodox women in Germany, who did something like a civilian service in the eighties. Doesn't this service exist any longer?

    from the article: IDF reservists demanding equality in national service are inciting against Israel's minorities
    First published 20:07 07.07.12 | Last updated 20:07 07.07.12
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