The past six months have seen a significant rise in the number of Arab Christians joining the Israel Defense Forces, according to a report Sunday in Haaretz.

The report said that last Tuesday evening, Father Gabriel Nadaf, a Greek-Orthodox priest active in a group founded in 2012 and which supports and works toward more Christian Israelis joining the army, held a meeting at the home of a local family in the Galilee town of Shfaram.

Shortly after last week’s meeting started, a number of young men came to the door and demanded that Nadaf and everyone with him leave. The host, who wanted to avoid violent confrontation, decided to end the meeting. But the leaders of the fight against Nadaf’s initiative have promised to protest everywhere that the forum comes to preach its message about joining the army, according to Haaretz.