To Margie in Tel Aviv - regarding military service - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Marlene
    • 09.12.07 | 19:36 (IST)

    Your use of the term Israeli Arab is incorrect because an Israeli nationality does not exist and is not listed among the nationalities that Israel does recognize, including Jewish. Why should Arab citizens of Israel have to defend a state which belongs to Jews, and makes it very clear to its Arab popoulation of that fact. Why should anyone have to fight for a state where they are treated as second-class citizens? For whose rights would they be fighting for? Certainly, not theirs, and not a better life for their children. As a mother, I would much rather see my child have to defend his country if it is justified than have my child not serve at all and be treated like a second-class citizen. So don't speak for how Arab mothers feel because I don't think any mother wants that for their children. I also happen to know Arabs who are citizens of Israel and did serve in the Israeli forces. What did it get them? They are still second-citizens.

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