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IDF to stop asking recruits about birthplace of grandparents

February 4, 2014 19:10

The IDF has decided in recent days to erase from its questionnaire for new recruits a question about the birthplace of grandparents.

IDF sources confirmed an Israel Radio report saying that the question would be erased, explaining that the decision came after the mother of a recruit asked the chief of staff's bureau about the use of the data.

The sources said the question became embedded in the questionnaire as a matter of tradition, but stressed that it had no bearing on the recruit's assessment in any way. After receiving the recruit's question, the IDF concluded that the question was unnecessary.

The IDF will continue to ask new members about the birthplace of their parents.

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