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Black Hebrews now eligible for service

Community leaders are pleased by the decision, noting that many of their young people have tried to volunteer for either the IDFor national service in the past, but have been turned down.
Wednesday, June 05, 2002 Sivan 25, 5762


Members of the Hebrew Israelite Community (Black Hebrews) will from now on be able to volunteer for national service, the Labor and Social Affairs Ministry has decided.

The decision was made in the context of an experimental program being run by the ministry, under which anyone who is exempt from compulsory army service can choose to volunteer for national service instead.

The Hebrew Israelite Community numbers some 2,000 people, most living in Dimona. Never granted Israeli citizenship, they are also not drafted into the army. The chairman of the Dimona branch of the Labor Party, Nissim Peretz, has recently been trying to win them citizenship, and he convinced the Labor Ministry to accept them as national service volunteers. Community leaders are pleased by the decision, noting that many of their young people have tried to volunteer for either the IDFor national service in the past, but have been turned down. They view the ministry's decision to permit them to do national service as the first step toward their goal of attaining citizenship.
 
 

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