MK Michael Ben Ari speaks in front of police officers during a rally by Jewish ultranationalists in Nazareth, Israel's largest Arab town, calling to draft Israeli Arabs. Military service is a rite of passage for most Israelis, who view the army as a core element of national identity. That is where the problem starts for many Arabs, who associate more closely with the Palestinians and feel alienated in a country created in 1948 that defines itself as a Jewish state.
Nationalist Phone Message to Arabs: Time to Serve.
10,000 Nazareth homes receive voice message from nationalist Marzel who will march there Sunday.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 7/12/2012, 5:39 PM
About 10,000 homes in Nazareth received recorded phone messages from Our Land of Israel Chairman Baruch Marzel Thursday, ahead of the planned march by activists through the streets of Nazareth Sunday.
In the message, Marzel addresses the residents of Nazareth with the IDF march playing in the background.
"Marhaba! ['Welcome' in Arabic]. Residents of Nazareth, this is Baruch Marzel, Chairman of Our Land of Israel speaking. On Sunday I am coming to Nazareth to recruit you to the National Service in the state of Israel. So that our courageous soldiers can be free to wage war against the enemies surrounding us, I call on you to enlist and pull your weight in the work that needs to be done at this time – in construction, paving of roads and agriculture. If there are no obligations – forget about the rights. As our rabbi and teacher, Rabbi Meir Kahane, blessed be the memory of the holy tzaddik, used to say: You want equality? You want National Insurance? You want rights? First of all – [give] three years of service to the state. Only thus will we realize the 2,000-year-old hope, to be a free nation in our land."
Our Land of Israel spokesman Itamar Ben Gvir said that the phone message is part of a campaign that will reach its climax on Sunday when activists led by MK Michael Ben Ari and Marzel will hold a demonstration near the home of MK Hanin Zouabi and the offices of the Balad party. (See above article)
"We call upon [Yesh Atid leader] Yair Lapid and [former Shin Bet head] Yuval Diskin, who appeared at the demonstration for equal service by hareidim, to join us and demonstrate for equal service by all sectors and in all places, including Nazareth," said Ben Gvir.
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