Israel Passes Law Setting Prison Terms for Dissuading Christian Arabs From IDF Service

The bill is officially aimed at preventing pressure on any soldier who volunteers to serve in the IDF, but Likud MK Yoav Kish clarified that he had initiated the bill to confront the pressures brought to bear on Christian Arabs who serve.

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The Knesset on Tuesday passed into law a bill setting a prison term for anyone persuading Christian Arabs who serve in the Israel Defense Forces to desert, or anyone who helps them desert. The vote was 39-9...