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May 17, 2005

Christian Science Monitor Falls Prey to Miller's Mistake

An earlier entry dealt with an erroneous claim in an L.A. Times op-ed by Aaron David Miller. Miller wrongly stated that Israeli Arabs are "without access to military or national service."

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Funeral for Israeli Druze soldier Samer Hussein in Hurfesh, Israel. Hussein was killed at the Erez crossing in the Gaza Strip. (Yaron Kaninsky/AP Photo)

As first noted in Mediacrity, the Christian Science Monitor published the same op-ed on May 17, and with it, the error.

The Monitor should know better. The paper itself ran a feature covering mourning in the Israeli Arab town for their own Sgt.-Maj. Grifat, killed while serving in Gaza. The Nov. 19, 2002 piece by Nicole Gaouette explores the status of Israeli Arabs and discusses in detail their service in the military:

As Arab citizens of Israel, the villagers aren't required to serve in the army. They go by choice....

Almost every family in the village has a member in the local military
cemetery....

A soldier from the village [Omar Souad] was kidnapped by the Shiite Muslim group in October 2000 and is still missing...."

Posted by GI at May 17, 2005 05:38 PM

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