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Marzel to Arabs: Join national service

Ahead of rightist march in Nazareth, far Right activist sends taped voice message to 10,000 households calling them to join national service

Itamar Fleishman
Published: 07.13.12, 00:12 / Israel News

Residents of Israel's largest Arab town received a taped voice message on Thursday urging them to join the national service "so our soldiers will be free to fight Israel's enemies."

 

On the other end of the line was far Right activist and chairman of the Our Land of Israel movement Baruch Marzel who invited the residents of Nazareth to a march set to take place in the city early next week.

 

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Marzel also called on the residents to take part in construction, agriculture and welfare work and quoted Kach founder Rabbi Meir Kahane. Last week, police authorized a Sunday march in Nazareth which aims to encourage Arabs to contribute to the state through national service.

 

Marzel sent his voice message, which begins with the IDF march song, to 10,000 Arab households. He explained that in exchange for rights Arabs are expected perform their duties to the state.

 

The message closes with Israel's national anthem in the background as Marzel says that only through national service will Arabs fulfill the "hope of two thousand years."

 

Nazareth residents voiced anger at the Right's intention to hold a march in the city, however members of the Our Land of Israel movement said in response the rally was not meant as an act of provocation but aims to connect the Arab public with the equal share of the burden issue.

 

Similar marches have been held in Umm al-Fahm and in Arab neighborhood in Jaffa and prompted clashes with locals and police forces.

 

 

 

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