Israel uses Facebook to catch 1,000 draft dodgers

The Israeli military says its monitoring of Facebook has helped catch 1,000 women lying about their religious background to avoid serving.

Israeli military service is largely compulsory, but religiously observant Jewish women can be exempted from service.

The army hired investigators two years ago to help stem the increase of draft dodgers and have used Facebook to find evidence of those women lying to avoid conscription.

A military official said Monday that one woman who said she was a religious Jew posted a photo of herself on Facebook holding a menu from a non-kosher restaurant. Another updated her profile on the Sabbath.

All were brought back to duty.

Once Israel's most hallowed institution, the military has suffered an increase in draft evasion in recent years.