Arab Christians Face Challenges For Supporting Israel, Serving In IDF

 

Israel is well known for its compulsory service in the Israeli Defense Forces for both men and women.
Arab Christians living in Israel, who number around 166,000, are generally exempt from having to serve.  However a growing number are volunteering to serve in the IDF as they see the value of integration into Israeli society.
As a result of their service however, they increasingly find themselves the target of discrimination, attacks and even death threats from their Arab brethren.
On the one side, volunteering for the IDF is a vote for a common Israeli identity but enemies of the state see their actions as a betrayal of Arab culture.
The IDF has taken the threats seriously enough to allow Arab Christian Israelis to change into civilian clothes before leaving base, unlike other soldiers who must keep them on. But what caused this shift in the first place?

Source: Arab Christians Face Challenges For Supporting Israel, Serving In IDF

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