Playing “Farmville” on Shabbat isn’t a great idea if you’ve told the Israeli army you’re too frum to serve.
That’s one of the lessons about a thousand Israeli women have learned after the Israel Defense Forces used Facebook to check out claims of religious observance. By using the hugely popular social-networking site, the military managed to track down hundreds of women who lied about their spiritual proclivities, an army spokesperson told AFP.
Military service is compulsory for Israelis over the age of 18, with men serving three years and women two years. Women who sign a declaration saying they eat only kosher food and do not work on the Sabbath, are exempt, however. When a woman submits a statement declaring herself to be religious, the army has 60 days to challenge it.