In the Spirit of Human Rights Day- Overview of Minorities in the IDF

Each year, thousands of minorities recruits join the IDF. This is not surprising, since the IDF makes tremendous efforts in integrating minorities into the army and society in general.

The many minorities that join the IDF are given special privileges since their differences in religion and culture are accepted. For example, the Druze will be granted time off from the army to celebrate their religious and cultural holidays with friends and family. The IDF is grateful to have an army that is melting with cultures, and therefore shows its appreciation in many different aspects.

An Ethiopian combat soldier is one of many examples of how the IDF integrates minorities

An Ethiopian combat soldier is one of many examples of how the IDF integrates minorities

Among the special benefits given to minority soldiers, the IDF has organized specific units that group the minority soldiers together according to their religious and cultural background in order to create a “family feel” where traditions can be practiced and shared.

One of the remarkable stories relating to minorities in the IDF is the one of Monalisa Abdo. Abdo is a nineteen-year-old Arab-Israeli female combat soldier from Haifa that volunteered to enlist in one of the IDF’s most active unisex units. Despite all of the harsh criticism against Abdo, she went through with her decision and is now one of the most talked about figures in the IDF.

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