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October 31, 2007

LA Times' Short-term Memory on Arabs in the IDF

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Israeli Arab Sgt.-Maj. Ibrahim Hamadieh, 23, of Rehaniya, killed while in IDF service Jan. 9, 2002

The Los Angeles Times twice before has corrected false claims in its opinion pages that Israeli Arabs are barred from serving in the military. Though Arabs are not compelled to serve, some nevertheless opt to serve their country.

Therefore, we scratched our heads when we read today a news article by Richard Boudreaux that errs:

Unlike Israeli Arabs, who number 1.4 million and make up one-fifth of the country's population, Druze serve in the military.

The normally reliable Boudreaux must be having an off week. We still wait word on his claim Friday that Israel "still controls Gaza's borders."

Posted by TS at October 31, 2007 08:16 AM


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