Did you know that not only do they not serve but 70 percent even oppose participating in a national service substitution project?
Oh, you thought I was referring to ultra-Orthodox Jews?
More than 70 percent of Israeli Arabs between 16 and 22 who have heard of the national service project oppose taking part, according to a survey by the Mada al-Carmel Arab Center for Applied Social Research...The survey, conducted by the center's Aas Atrash in late December, questioned 504 young Arabs throughout Israel, except for residents of Jerusalem and members of the Druze community...Of the ones who were aware of it, 71.5 percent were against.
Among the young people who expressed support...Only 16 percent cited their duty to the country.
Asked whether they considered Israel a democratic country, 36.5 percent said they did not and 26 percent said they did. The rest described Israel as partly democratic.
The Mada al-Carmel Arab Center for Applied Social Research, an NGO identified with the Balad party, is known for its stance against national service.