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Orthodox Jews and Arabs no longer exempt from Israeli conscription

Israel's Supreme Court has ruled that exemptions for Orthodox Jews and Arabs being drafted into the Israel Army are unconstitutional. It's led to a bitter debate between those who believe every citizen should give something back to their country, and those who hold an Israeli passport but disagree with the Jewish state's politics. Orthodox Jews have also been excused from service in order to concentrate on their religious studies, but that could soon be about to end.

By Gallagher Fenwick

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