Israeli Army cracks down on women who find religion, then lose it

PI's hired to catch draft-dodgers avoiding service on religious grounds

A spike in the amount of Israeli women hoping to avoid compulsory military service on “religious grounds” has prompted the government to hire private investigators to catch the women doing “unreligious” things. The army’s surveillance program has caught 520 young women since it began last year, and one video of a young woman in tight clothes caught kissing a man has already been leaked to Israeli media to make the army’s point. In 1991, 21 per cent of women avoided service using devout religious views as a reason but the figure grew to 36 per cent last year (only 20 per cent of Israelis think of themselves as religious in other polls).

Associated Press

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