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Draft dodging and Facebook don’t mix

Facebook is the latest tool the IDF has resorted to in order to unmask false claims of piety

Draft dodging and Facebook don't mix

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Drunken Facebook photos have spoiled the chances of job candidates all over the world. In Israel, though, much-too-revealing profile updates are spelling even more serious trouble. The Israel Defense Forces announced last week they used the social networking site to spot around 1,000 female draft dodgers who appear to have falsely declared themselves to be religious in order to avoid the country’s mandatory military service. Tip-offs, an IDF officer said, included pictures of the women in skimpy clothing, eating at non-kosher restaurants, and posting updates on the Sabbath, when Orthodox Jews aren’t allowed to use equipment such as cameras and computers.

Military service, which lasts two years for women, is compulsory for Israelis from the age of 18, but observant Jews can opt out of it by signing a declaration stating that they follow a strictly religious lifestyle. Many Israelis suspected this rule created an easy loophole for secular women to avoid joining the army. According to IDF figures, 42 per cent of women avoid the draft, and 35 per cent do so on religious grounds. Facebook is the latest tool the IDF has resorted to in order to unmask false claims of piety. Those who’ve been caught will now have to “rephrase their religious declarations,” and may be charged with committing a criminal offence, though it’s unlikely that they will be convicted, sources said.


Draft dodging and Facebook don’t mix

  1. Wow. She's hot. Bring her to Canada. Imagine the sweat on that thing eh ? and a little gun grease..OOooo

  2. This isn't a religious issue — it's a gender issue. It's a feminism issue. It's all about the lie. The big LIE.

    Which lie? Well, come on; you know which lie. The lie that 40+ years of feminism has pushed down our throats.

    The lie about men and women. That are all, oooo, "equal". Ooo, ooo, let's all be politically correct. Let's walk into our stupid meetings of men and women together and address the whole group as 'guys' because we cling to this stupid notion that a woman is equal to a man.

    That a woman can hold her own up against a man.


    • I'd love to see you say that to a female Israeli commando. I'm guessing she'd hold her own pretty damn well.

    • You haven't met my wife…..

      Luke: "I'm not afraid."
      Yoda: "You will be. You will be."
      ―Luke Skywalker and Yoda

  3. egidio, you must be a veeeery lonely man.