Bar Refaeli Dodged Draft Via Sham Marriage
General calls for boycott of products endorsed by model
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2010 7:21 PM CST
Model Bar Refaeli celebrates her appearance on the cover of last year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Bar Refaeli, the Sports Illustrated cover girl and on-off girlfriend of actor Leonardo DiCaprio, dodged Israel’s compulsory military service with a sham marriage to a family friend, one of the country’s generals says in calling for a boycott of products she endorses. All Israelis must serve 2 years, but married women are exempt. Refaeli, now 24, married in 2007, then quickly divorced, AFP notes.

Refaeli has also come under harsh criticism over her recent application to register as a non-resident of Israel, a move that would allow her to pay less in taxes. Her mother recently came to her defense, telling an Israeli site: “Before they attack Bar they should check the government and see who in government did not join the army.”