Forgetting His Turkish, Now Thinking in Hebrew

Tel Aviv resident Oskan Koz, 22, is the son of migrant workers from Turkey. He has been in Israel for 10 years.

"This is where I've grown up, where my friends are. I don't want to leave. I feel Israeli in every way," says Koz, who is waiting for the result of his appeal against a refusal to grant him citizenship.

After high school, Koz tried to volunteer for military service but was refused. When he asked to convert to Judaism, he was told he must obtain official status first.

"I've been living in fear that my appeal will be rejected," he says. "I think in Hebrew and have even forgotten how to speak Turkish. My father suggested we move to the United States. I refused. I'd miss Israel too much."

Koz is saving money for a course in electronic music, "but first I want to join the army."