Israeli Soldiers Speak about Military Service

(San Jose State Spartan Daily) Alyxandra Goodwin - On Monday, Ran and Rania shared their stories about growing up in Israel and their experiences in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) during a tour sponsored by StandWithUs. Rania is a member of the Druze community, a small religious minority in the Middle East. As a Druze woman it was not mandatory for her to serve but she said she still did. She shared her frustration with the images of Israeli conflict and its portrayal as an apartheid state. "I see these images and I think where did I study, where did I grow up?" Rania said. "I used the same malls, the same banks, the same hospitals. I live with all of my neighbors: Arabs, Christians and Jews."

2012-03-02 00:00:00

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