April 23, 2008
Arab Israeli woman joins air force by mistake
Remember that story yesterday about concern over Jewish “dual loyalty?” Well, a similar fear bars Israeli Arabs and Muslims from the Israel Defense Force’s elite units. That is, except for one Muslim woman allowed in by accident.
This story is from the Middle East Times. Oddly, I’ve seen no coverage of this in Israeli media. The unidentified Muslim woman, from an Arab village in northern Israel, was allowed into Unit 669 after acing her medical training, and before anyone realized she wasn’t an Israeli Jew.
“Contrast this Arab womanï¿½(tm)s zeal to perform her duty as a citizen with an ever-expanding number of Israeli Jews seeking to avoid their compulsory army service; not to mention those Orthodox Jews studying in yeshivas who also avoid service,” Richard Silverstein wrote.
Her service, however, does not signal a sea change.