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Jerusalem - Charedim Create New Fight Over Female IDF Enlistment

Published on: February 13, 2018 08:03 PM
By: Jerusalem Post
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Ultra orthodox Jewish men attend a protest against the recruitment of religious girls to the Israeli army, in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighbourhood on February 12, 2018. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 Ultra orthodox Jewish men attend a protest against the recruitment of religious girls to the Israeli army, in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighbourhood on February 12, 2018. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Jerusalem - Charedim have begun a new campaign against the state regarding IDF enlistment, alleging that new regulations to prevent secular women from obtaining military service exemptions by falsely claiming they are religious are designed to draft Haredi women into the army.

The regulations, which the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee approved on Tuesday, allow for an exemption to be canceled by a special committee if it is discovered that the woman in question is not in fact religious or has become nonreligious since she applied for the exemption.

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Religious women are able to gain an exemption from IDF service, but a not-inconsiderable number of women claiming an exemption on these grounds do so fraudulently.

The IDF presented statistics at the Knesset committee hearing showing that in 2017, out of 18,958 declarations from women who said they were religious, 240 were rejected as fraudulent while another 397 women decided to retract their declaration either willingly or after being presented with evidence that proved they were not religious.

This amounts to more than 3% of the declarations, while some estimates say the total number of fraudulent declarations could be as high as 5%.

In 2012, an amendment to the law was passed by the Knesset that would allow an exemption gained on fraudulent grounds, or for someone who is no longer religious, to be canceled, although the regulations to implement this amendment were never approved in committee.

A push to finally draft and implement these regulations has led to extremists in the Haredi community, including those from the Jerusalem Faction and the Eda Haredi communal organization, to falsely claim that the IDF is seeking to draft young Haredi women.

Ultra orthodox Jewish men attend a protest against the recruitment of religious girls to the Israeli army, in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighbourhood on February 12, 2018. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90Ultra orthodox Jewish men attend a protest against the recruitment of religious girls to the Israeli army, in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighbourhood on February 12, 2018. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

To this end, a rabbinical conference was held on the issue last month, public notices have been distributed calling on Haredi girls not to cooperate with the IDF, and fierce demonstrations have been staged outside the homes of Haredi MKs whom the extremists accuse of not doing enough to protect Haredi women from the IDF draft.

On Tuesday morning, some 200 male followers of the Jerusalem Faction and the Eda Haredit demonstrated outside United Torah Judaism MK Uri Maklev’s home in Jerusalem, some of whom physically blocked the stairwell and entrance to the building to try to stop him from getting to the Knesset.

Eventually large numbers of police were deployed, and they succeeded in dispersing the protesters, arresting three during the operation.

Despite the hostility of the protesters to the UTJ MKs, and the antipathy of the Jerusalem Faction and its supporters for the mainstream Haredi party, the Haredi members of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee MKs Maklev and Yoav Ben-Tzur voted against the regulations.

They were passed however with the support of opposition MKs on the committee.



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 Feb 13, 2018 at 08:41 PM Anonymous Says:

Charedim engaging in fear mongoring and paranoia that the tzionim are out to get them . And watch them spread fake news too .

Sad

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 Feb 13, 2018 at 08:48 PM ALTERG4 Says:

The ONLY land in the world (except S korea) thet draft female soldiers against there will & against there religious, funny thet isreal still wane be called a jewish state,
what a shame.

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 Feb 13, 2018 at 09:23 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
ALTERG4 Says:

The ONLY land in the world (except S korea) thet draft female soldiers against there will & against there religious, funny thet isreal still wane be called a jewish state,
what a shame.

First go to elementary school to learn spelling.

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 Feb 14, 2018 at 12:23 AM lazy-boy Says:

In the time of Moshe and Jehosua, only those where were yeras shamiyim were allowed to go in the army. People who did sins were sent home.

Maybe these great and pious people from Meah Shaarim should set an example of how to behave and go into the army so we have more truly pious people there?

(of course I know it is absurd, but I do believe more chardim SHOULD join the army, but not girls!)

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 Feb 14, 2018 at 01:35 AM Anonymous Says:

The holy Chason Ish's words on drafting women to the heretic IDF: YEHEROG V'AL YAVOR. Its not a Chareidi issue. Its a Jewish issue. Very sad for the so called Jewish State. Everything but Jewish. A heretic army disgracing our holy Torah and Hashem's name and all in the name of Jews. What a disturbing Chilul Hashem.

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 Feb 14, 2018 at 09:54 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
ALTERG4 Says:

The ONLY land in the world (except S korea) thet draft female soldiers against there will & against there religious, funny thet isreal still wane be called a jewish state,
what a shame.

This is only a ploy to get rich Satmars and other ignoramuses to fork over some more money to Peleg.
The Rabbonim who fall for this shtick just make themselves look like fools whose opinion isn't worth much.

The only ones being hurt by this new law are the chilonim.

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 Feb 14, 2018 at 11:04 AM Anonymous Says:

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lazy-boy Says:

In the time of Moshe and Jehosua, only those where were yeras shamiyim were allowed to go in the army. People who did sins were sent home.

Maybe these great and pious people from Meah Shaarim should set an example of how to behave and go into the army so we have more truly pious people there?

(of course I know it is absurd, but I do believe more chardim SHOULD join the army, but not girls!)

Whata a sad ignoramus! Under what pretense may a Jew serve in an army forbidden by G d? Cuz u wanna kp them Jewish? Theyre all heretics as serving in the army is an absolute sin. H forbade a medinah before redemption, that means the IDF is against oue holy Torah so u want the few pious people that are still clinging to our emunah and holy Torah to serve in an army that is forbidden?! U sound like a nice peace loving guy but clueless.

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 Feb 14, 2018 at 12:12 PM Educated Archy Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Whata a sad ignoramus! Under what pretense may a Jew serve in an army forbidden by G d? Cuz u wanna kp them Jewish? Theyre all heretics as serving in the army is an absolute sin. H forbade a medinah before redemption, that means the IDF is against oue holy Torah so u want the few pious people that are still clinging to our emunah and holy Torah to serve in an army that is forbidden?! U sound like a nice peace loving guy but clueless.

H forbade a medinah before redemption

That was the satmar reba's shita . Other gedolim disagreed . Its not clear that we pasken like very agadata gemara such as the one of the sholosh shevous. Certainlly the reba zechus ugan ainu was a big tzadik but others argued on his controversial sefer al hageula val atemura.

Many rabbonim made a shiehachinyu when the medina was founded. And an israeli flag was hung in ponevitch and the mir.

That's aside from Rav kook zt"l who was a gadol too.

"that means the IDF is against oue holy Torah"

Also not clear. yes even if zionsim was bad and against the roah , now practically that its here and frum jews including satmar's live in EY we need to protect those jews so they don't get killed. It's not connected necessarily to zionism.

Re drafting girls, Now that's already another story. The army should stay away from the girls but get tougher on the charedi men in my opinion.

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