Arab MK intimidating Arab girls who do national service, they won’t find husbands


MK Jamal Zahalka (National Democratic Assembly) threatens that not only will Israeli Arabs who perform national service be ostracized, but their marriage prospects will suffer. “This is cause for battle,” he says.

By Israel Hayom Staff

Israeli Arab Knesset member Jamal Zahalka (National Democratic Assembly) has spoken out against national service for Israeli Arabs, saying that young people who volunteer will be ostracized.

“Anyone who does national service should be ashamed,” Zahalka said on Saturday. “A young woman needs to know that if she performs national service, there is a chance no one will marry her and she will be ostracized. The same is true for every boy.”

Zahalka was speaking at a gathering of the Arab Higher Monitoring Committee, an umbrella group for Arab Knesset members, religious leaders and other leaders of the Israeli Arab public.

“We have to oppose this civil-national service in a clear and determined way,” Zahalka said. “This is not a subject to discuss, it is cause for battle, and we can do it.”

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