Israel should “prepare the prisons” if a law requiring Arab Israelis to enlist in the army is passed, MK Hanin Zoabi (Balad) told Arutz Sheva on Monday.Oh, so now she's trying to go for that propaganda angle. Which is disgraceful, of course. And I guess the only kind of workforce job she wants is the Knesset, so she can try to corrupt the country's political systems.
What has become known as “equal burden” in IDF and national service has become a hot issue in the coalition negotiations currently underway. While most of the attention has been on army enlistment of hareidi-religious yeshiva students, there have also been calls to include Arab Israelis in this as well. These calls have come from Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party but also from United Torah Judaism and Yisrael Beytenu, which advocates that everyone be drafted at the age of 18.
According to MK Zoabi, however, Arab youth would rather go to jail or perform some form of civil service than enlist in the IDF. She also said that the entire Arab sector will resort to civil disobedience in the event that such legislation is passed.
[...] Zoabi claimed that the Arab public “does not want to be part of an occupying army. The issue of the military is not just a matter of burden but also of belonging. This is internal Jewish solidarity. You cannot tell me to come in and feel as though I belong in this army.”
To make things worse, there's a certain movement within Jewish society she sides with too, and one of the few of its kind:
Zoabi identified with the anti-Zionist Neturei Karta Jews, saying, “They are anti-Zionist and I am anti-Zionist. I identify with them.”They're even worse than the Satmar sect they spun off from. A Haredi movement that's organized participation in gatherings and events that delegitimize Israel, even going so far as to assist Muslim groups and visit Iran's Ahmedinejad. And that's why they're one of the few of their kind whom Zoabi's willing to side with.