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Druze teen to Netanyahu: 'I will not be a soldier in your army'

Omar Saad, a young Druze from the town of Maghar in northern Israel declared his refusal to serve in the IDF in late 2012. Although the Druze are considered to be an ethnic group that has assimilated well in the Israeli community, the voices of refusal within the community are becoming stronger. In an open letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Saad writes that he opposes the idea of conscription by law for members of the Druze community, as it forces them to fight against their Arab brothers.

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    1. sh

      Loved the wallpaper. His parents must be so proud of him. The music will keep him strong.

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    2. Reasons for structural discrimination dissipate over time. The violence yeilding the discrimination is selectively forgotten, but the discrimination of the moment is not. Victory in occupation becomes oppression absent full intergration. Victory becomes albatross, and the young, without a past, proclaim it.

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      • Kolumn9

        Sentences are strung together without meaning. The point is lost along the way. The reader never arrives at the destination. The writer continues to pontificate while the audience yawns, rolls its eyes and snickers.

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        • Zephon

          Your chimp liver can only digest so much ape logic; so naturally you would be suffering from and are more susceptible to intellectual constipation. Although it’s funny watching constipated Chimpanzees try to take a dump and renew their efforts of flying their monkey poo in the Zoo.

          In the house of flying monkey logic poo there is only one truth – poo.

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        • To blunt others is, K9, one rather popular way of understanding the world.

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    3. klang

      perhaps he will fight for syria instead. no great loss for Israel

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      • Palestinan

        Holding the Israeli citizenship doesnt make the person bloodthirsty as IDF soldiers.

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