Christian IDF soldiers finding themselves threatened by their Muslim neighbors is not unknown to Israeli officials and although some are still the recipients of violent attacks, nothing substantial has been done to protect them.
By NOAM AMIR/MAARIV
The compulsory military draft does not apply to them, but the values they grew up on and the strong desire to integrate into Israeli society has spurred in recent years a growing trend of Christian enlistment in the IDF and other security forces.
Father Naddaf of Nazareth with Christian Israeli IDF soldiers at a Christmas party on December 21, 2015. – Photo: ISRAELI CHRISTIAN RECRUITMENT FORUM
However, their willingness to enlist in the Israeli army and to contribute to the security of the country sometimes exacts from them a heavy price. Continue Reading »
Israeli Christians are now protected from intimidation and threats of violence should they wish to volunteer for the IDF, as new law allocates incarceration to those, mostly Arab Muslims, who accuse the Christians of ‘collaboration with the occupiers.’
By David Lazarus
The Knesset passed a bill this week designed to protect Arab Christians who enlist in the Israeli army. The law, which includes an extended prison sentence for anyone who tries to dissuade a Christian Arab from serving in the IDF, became necessary in the face of stiff opposition and violent attacks against the Christian soldiers.
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Some of the Christian IDF soldiers (Left) and Border Guard Police (Right) who attended the Israeli Christians Recruitment Forum.
There is no apartheid, “Israel is the only island of safety that allows [Christians] freedom & democratic rights,” insisted Khalloul, pointing out that under the Palestinian Authority, Christians do not enjoy anywhere close to the rights & quality of life enjoyed by Israeli Christians.
Israel Today Staff
As a leading representative of the Holy Land’s reborn Aramaic Christian community, Shadi Khalloul this week penned for the Gatestone Institute a summary of where Israel’s Christian minority stands today.
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(Father Gabriel Naddaf with) Lt. (Res.) Shadi Khalloul (seen standing on Netanyahu’s left) has been interviewed by and written for Israel Today on several occasions.