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Latest update : 2014-08-21

Israel's minorities and military service

We look at how Israel's religious minorities feel about military service. At the end of last month - three weeks after the latest conflict with militants in Gaza started - Israel called up another 16,000 reservists. Some Israelis risked jail rather than joining Operation Protective Edge. But others, who don't legally have to be a part of the IDF, such as Christians, signed up as volunteers.

Programme prepared by Elise Duffau and Patrick Lovett.

By Yoray LIBERMAN , Rabya OUSSIBRAHIM , Phoebe LANZER WOOD

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2015-04-20 humanitarian action

CAR: Thousands of Muslims trapped in enclaves

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2015-04-17 USA

The state of cannabis in Colorado

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2015-04-16 Vietnam

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2015-04-14 Burma

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2015-04-15 Germany

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