(photo credit: Yisrael Hedri)
The number of young women from the Druse sector enlisting in National- Civilian
Service has increased dramatically this year, according to figures released on
Wednesday. In 2012, 301 women from the sector will serve as opposed to 147 in
2011, an increase of 96 percent.
In light of the new figures, Shalom
Gerbi, director of the National-Civilian Service, met in the northern town of
Kafr Yasif with Sheikh Muaffak Tarif, spiritual leader of the Druse community
and head of the Druse Higher Religious Council, last Thursday, to review the
program and the increased participation of the Druse sector.
“There is a
blood covenant between the Jewish people and the Druse community,” said Gerbi.
“It is a community which is inseparable from Israeli society, and its sons and
daughters contribute significantly towards the state and its
“The daughters of the community also have an role to play, and
participation in the National-Civilian Service program helps both broader
society and the volunteers themselves.”
volunteers serve in several different fields, such as the health service as well
as the state education and welfare frameworks, most within their own community.
This year’s numbers represent a record high in female Druse participation in the
program. Those volunteering for the National-Civilian Service program receive
grants for higher-education studies.
MK Hamad Amer (Israel Beiteinu), a
member of the Druse community, was also present at the meeting and praised the
volunteers for their contribution to Israeli society and the Druse
In 2012, more than 2,000 people from minority communities in
the country will volunteer for the National-Civilian Service program, including
Israeli Arabs, Beduin, Druse, Muslims and Christians.
conscription for men within the Druse community has existed for more than 50
years, during which time thousands of Druze have served in the military. Women
from the sector are not obligated to serve.