Israel to send call-up papers to Christian Arabs
Published on Apr 23, 2014 5:55 AM
JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israel is to start sending call-up papers to all Christian Arabs of military service age, the army said on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, angering Arab lawmakers who accused the government of seeking to divide Christians from Muslims.
Military service will remain voluntary for Israel's 130,000 Christian Arabs as it is for its more than 1.3 million Muslim Arabs but only Christians will receive the call-up papers, an army spokesman said.
"The IDF (Israeli Defence Force) in coming weeks will begin to distribute to all potential Christian recruits voluntary enlistment forms," the spokesman said.
"Since the service of the Christian population in Israel is not obligatory by law, potential recruits are not required to respond to the invitation."
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