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The army, conscientious objectors, and Israeli identity

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Israeli soldiers during their mandatory military service
Israeli soldiers during their mandatory military service Menahem Kahana/AFP
By: Sabrina Myre
5 min

In Israel, where the military service is mandatory, those who refuse to enroll for political reasons are going to prison. The conscientious objectors movement, against the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories, is small but growing in the Jewish state.

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In the second report of a two-part series, Sabrina Myre explains that those who refuse to do military service face harsh criticism because serving in the army goes to the core of Israeli identity.

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