Arabs Volunteering in Israel’s National Civil Service: Both Sides of the Story

In Hebrew with English subtitles, this news segment from Channel 2 News (08:53) explores different perspectives on the question of Arab citizens of Israel volunteering in Israel’s National Civil Service, an alternative to military service offered to various sectors in Israeli society. The video features young Arab-Israeli women describing their experiences serving in the National Civil Service, including the motivation behind their choice, the challenges of integration, and the backlash they face from their communities. It also reveals the vehement opposition of some Arab cultural icons and political leaders, who brand those who choose to serve as traitors to their own people.