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You’re in the army now: could Israeli orthodox Jews lose their exemption from military service?


In West Jerusalem’s Mea She’arim
neighborhood, residents are preparing for the Sabbath. Roads are closed to prevent people from driving in an area home only to ultra-orthodox Jews, called the Haredim. The Torah Scriptures dictate their way of life. However, a bill that could see them conscripted for national service has sparked shock in the community. “The ultra-orthodox today are 1 million people. They believe that studying the
Torah is the most important thing for the Jewish nation, not wars. Not the army. The army isn’t an appropriate place for a religious man. Recruiting changes the
culture and values, feelings. For moral reasons, it doesn’t fit.” Israeli law says every man and woman over 18 must serve in the army. While Orthodox Jews can apply for an exemption, they may not be able to for
much longer. A first reading of a bill in the Knesset, designed to boost numbers in the military passed in July, saying certain numbers of Haredim would have to perform national service too, under threat of financial penalties. Failure to meet set quotas for service over three years would lead to the laws withdrawal, and replacement with a blanket conscription
policy. It led to outrage from orthodox quarters, and threats that conservative parties would pull out of the ruling government coalition. One left-wing party had other reservations. “Our position, for many years, is to look for equality. The ultra-orthodox community is very poor and marginalized, and does not have the same opportunities in the workplace as the majority. This law is a big Israeli lie. It contributes nothing, and doesn’t help the ultra-orthodox
community.” As ultra-orthodox protests multiplied, so too did violence and
clashes with police, particularly after the detention of a Haredi student who’d refused to show up at a military recruitment center. Even with the possibility they have to obtain an exemption, many in the community refused
to do so on religious grounds, see, as draft dodgers. “There’s strong resistance from
ultra-orthodox society towards going into the army, except for young modern
liberals who are starting to, but the mainstream stay to study the Torah in seminaries” Over 10 years, numbers of Haredi youths enlisting have gone from 300 to 3000. However, they can in turn face aggression and
harassment on their return home.

Otis Rodgers

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Kal Posted on August 28, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    Jews are some creepy looking people

    Reply
  2. james j Posted on August 28, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Criminal country controlled by religious woo-woo.

    Reply
  3. patrick4865 Posted on August 28, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    They need to be dragged into the military. They reap huge profits from war. And. encourage others into fighting and dying, but refuse to serve and protect their country.

    Reply
  4. Leader Never Follow Posted on August 28, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Send them to the army

    Reply
  5. Leader Never Follow Posted on August 28, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    Most detest people ever on earth

    Reply
  6. RedemptionSoS Posted on August 28, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    fat assed sanhedrin…

    Reply
  7. Robert R. Posted on August 29, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    Israel-Palestine Swap. West Bank for Gaza.

    Reply
  8. Jenny Chuang Posted on November 26, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    So the ultra orthodox Jewish men are protected by other Jewish women who need to serve in the army , Is this fair?

    Reply
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