Elinor Joseph is the first female Arab combat soldier in the IDF:“This will always be my home”
“Look at the beret,” says Elinor, smiling from ear to ear, showing off the bright green beret that she earned after completing the trek which is part of her combat training in the Karakal Battalion. Her excitement is accompanied by a new historical precedent, since Elinor is the first Arab female combat soldier in IDF history.
Cpl. Elinor Joseph was born and raised in an integrated neighborhood of Jews and Arabs in Haifa, but attended a school in which all her classmates were Arab. She later moved to Wadi Nisnas, an Arab neighborhood where she currently lives.
Despite the fact that she would always wear her father’s IDF dog-tag around her neck from when he served in the Paratrooper’s Unit, she never thought she would enlist. “I wanted to go abroad to study medicine and never come back,” she said.
To her father it was clear that she would enlist in the IDF, as most citizens in Israel do. This was something that worried her very much. “I was scared to lose my friends because they objected to it. They told me they wouldn’t speak to me. I was left alone.”
Read more: IDF official site.
Israel is often accused of being a racist state.
This young Arabian female is another proof, that the Jewish state treat their Arab minority with fairness and respect.
Welcome to service for human rights and freedom, Ms. Elinor Joseph. May God of Israel and His Messiah Jesus protect you and save you. Amen.