zondag 3 maart 2013

More Arab Israelis volunteer for national service

Some 3000 Arab citizens of Israel are now volunteering – and the number is growing every year.

Israel has a universal draft – three years for men and two years for women. Two large segments of the population are exempt from being drafted –Arab citizens of Israel and the ultra-Orthodox. They are, however, permitted to volunteer for both the army and the national service, and a growing number are doing so.

A smaller number of Arab citizens of Israel are serving in the army. Male Druse, an Arabic-speaking offshoot of Islam, are drafted and many have risen to high positions in the army. But until recently, very few Christians or Muslims volunteered for the army.

That may be beginning to change.

Read whole article: JPost

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