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  7/17/2008, Tammuz 14, 5768

Bishara: No National Service for Israeli Arab Teens


Former Arab Israeli MK Azmi Bishara, who fled the country just before he was to be charged on allegations of aiding Hizbullah against Israel during wartime and other suspicions of treason, urged Arab teens in Israel to reject National Service with the IDF.

Speaking Thursday via video conference to a Balad party youth convention from Qatar, where he is currently being harbored, Bishara told his young audience, "National Service is an Israeli attempt to erase the psychological barrier teenagers have when it comes to serving in the IDF, thus trying to erase our identity."