Newzulu Mobile citizenside
In partnership with :

shach-pics shach-pics 9639 Points
Follow
Added
Following
Delete
Deleted
Pending
Loading
Error
1
Vote
Vote
I saw this story on the Citizenside and thought you should see it

Protest in Tel Aviv against rules that exempt ultra-Orthodox Jews and Arabs from military service

News Tel Aviv, Israel - 07 July 2012

A protest and a rally held in Tel-Aviv, Israel, on July 7, 2012, in front of the defense ministry, calling for the end of the rules that exempt ultra-Orthodox and Israeli Arabs from military service. According to the police, about 20,000 took part.

Here is a report by CNN:

"A day after thousands of Israeli demonstrators demanded an end to rules that make ultra-Orthodox Jews exempt from the draft, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that the nation's approach to military service must change.

"The existing situation cannot continue. Neither the army, the economy nor society can continue on the current path," Netanyahu said at the start of his weekly Cabinet meeting.

The prime minister named a new team to draw up a law that would "share the burden" of military service, which is required for most Israelis when they reach the age of 18. The existing law provides an exemption for Arabs and ultra-Orthodox Jews.

The issue has been a controversial political topic for months for Netanyahu, but time is running out. Israel's Supreme Court has ruled that the law, which exempts tens of thousands of Israelis from service, must be replaced by August 1.

Such a move is sorely needed, according to thousands of protesters who marched on the streets of Tel Aviv Saturday night.

Holding banners reading, "Service for all" and "We are not suckers," they demanded a universal military draft.

More than 20,000 people turned out to protest, Israeli Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said."

Vote
Vote
Report
Related images
Comments (0)
Please use only letters, numbers or '_'.
Please provide your email address.
Send
Cancel
Newscalls
Junior doctors will be going on strike today throughout England for the first time in 40 years. Will you be attending the... Read story
Brave swimmers gathered today for the annual Redcar Boxing Day dip on December 26, 2015 at 11 am. Were you there? Please... Read story
The entire Los Angeles Unified School District has been closed on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 after receiving a... Read story
Today is the annual Santacon festival in New York. Hundreds are expected to dress up as Santa Claus and other holiday... Read story
Protesters marched on Downing Street to call for an end to the bombing campaign in Syria. Were you there? If you were... Read story