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Israel's Arab Druze demand equality before the law

By Ibrahim Husseini

Military service in Israel is compulsory, but there are exemptions for Arab citizens and ultra-orthodox Jews. However, secular Israelis and Arab Druze serve in the army upon reaching the age of 18. The Druze are Palestinian Arabs, and their religion is said to be an offshoot of Shia Islam.

In July the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, passed a piece of legislation called the nation-state law.

The bill defines Israel as a Jewish state and exclusively gives the right of national self-determination to its' Jewish citizens.

The law has angered all of Israel's minorities and the Israeli left. The Arab Druze feel especially betrayed by it.

From Jerusalem, correspondent Ibrahim Husseini looks into the Arab Druze minority in Israel and the question of mandatory military service.

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