Israeli Navy seeks to promote ultra-Orthodox soldiers in security missions along maritime borders, and expand the soldiers’ service beyond auxiliary roles, IDF official says.
By Lilach Shoval
Ultra-Orthodox soldiers will soon be assigned to Israeli Navy combat units, Israel Hayom learned Monday.
An Israeli Navy Dvora-class patrol boat – Photo: KOKO
The decision was made by the Israel Defense Forces Personnel Directorate, following an initiative by the Naval Headquarters’ Personnel Division, which hopes to expand haredi soldiers’ service in the corps beyond auxiliary roles.
The military plans to present the initiative to rabbis in the coming weeks, with hopes of seeing it realized by the end of 2015. Continue Reading »
American-Jewish comedy writers Levinson Brothers post satirical in-flight El Al Airlines safety video in wake of recent news incidents of flight delays on Delta & El Al, due to Jewish ultra-Orthodox men’s refusal to sit next to women.
“Gentlemen, and unfortunately, ladies,” the announcement featured in a satirical in-flight safety video by Jewish-American comedy writers Stephen and Joel Levinson begins. The parody of El Al’s flight safety video presents guidelines for passengers, following recent cases in which flights were delayed after ultra-orthodox Jewish men refused to take their seats next to women.
Picture that stirred a row – Photo from New York Daily News
In one of the latest of such incidents, which was first published by Ynet, passengers aboard an El Al flight from New York to Israel described their trip as an “11-hour long nightmare” due to disruptions caused by Haredi travelers during the flight. Continue Reading »
Jewish Ultra-Orthodox residents of Israel’s capital, condemn opening of artificial ‘beach,’ calling it ‘immoral’ and an ‘abomination’.
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish (haredi) residents in Jerusalem have condemned the opening of an artificial beach in the city, saying it will lead to immorality and the desecration of the Jewish Sabbath.
The Largest Artificial Beach of the World – Seagaia Ocean Dome in Miyazaki, Japan – Photo: flickr
The 2,000 square meter artificial beach, located at the First Train Station complex in Jerusalem, features pools, a surfing simulator and concerts. The concept is intended to give the landlocked city a taste of Tel Aviv beaches during the summer. Continue Reading »
Gov’t expected to compromise to avoid being portrayed as jailing Jews for continued study of Torah.
American senators promised to obtain refugee status for every Haredi family.
By Tsvi Sadan
Equal burden means that every Israeli citizen must serve in the IDF. In practice, however, 67 percent of the Jewish community and just 50 percent of all Israelis perform national service. To put it negatively, 50 percent of young Israelis are exempt from this burden, while the other half of society has to carry the extra weight.
Orthodox Jew anguishes at the thought of IDF service – Photo source Israel Today
Those who are exempt are primarily Arab Israelis – both Muslims and Christians, religious Jewish women, Orthodox yeshiva students, and other Jewish young men and women who can’t serve in the army for physical or psychological reasons. Continue Reading »
Israeli directorial debut to be shot in Haredi neighborhood of capital, to the chagrin of its residents.
Ultra-Orthodox residents of Jerusalem are reportedly trying to forestall Hollywood star Natalie Portman from shooting scenes from her upcoming directorial debut in Israel’s capital, increasingly defined by its religious majority.
Natalie Portman – Photo: AFP
According to the Haaretz daily, Portman, is set to film in an ultra-Orthodox part of the Nahlaot neighborhood. While she coordinated the shoot with the Jerusalem Municipality, officials apparently failed to inform the residents, who wrote a letter complaining that the filming will take place near synagogues and yeshivot. Continue Reading »
Orthodox 46 yr-old man affiliated with radical Neturei Karta sect was sentenced to prison for 4.5 years after admitted to flying to Iranian embassy in Berlin, offering to work as a spy for the Iranian regime, and also offered to kill a Zionist.
By Aviel Magnezi
An anti-Zionist haredi man was sentenced to four and a half years in jail for offering to spy for Iran against Israel.
The Neturei Karta suspect – Photo: Alex Kolomoisky
The man, Itzhak Bergel, who belongs to the radical Neturei Karta sect, admitted to making the offer to the Iranian regime as part of a plea bargain. Continue Reading »
A male secular youth, becomes outraged and hits Ultra-Orthodox man who asked woman to move to back of Jerusalem bus.
Police are searching for assailant who is still unknown and are considering interrogating the haredi ‘victim’ for ‘women exclusion’.
By Noam (Dabul) Dvir
A secular man hit a haredi who asked a woman to move to the back of a bus traveling in Jerusalem on Thursday.
(Illustration) Photo – EPA
According to suspicions, the secular youth punched the man in the face and pulled his beard before fleeing the scene. A complaint has been filed with the police, and a search for the suspect is ongoing. Continue Reading »
Ultra-Orthodox institutions offer special stop after trips to burial places of biblical figures and rabbis’ tombs, to the Swedish home furnishing store in Rishon Lezion.
By Moshe Heller
Home furnishing stores in Jerusalem’s Mea Shearim neighborhood are in for some bad news: Ultra-Orthodox institutions have begun offering special trips to IKEA’s summer sale in the central city of Rishon Lezion.
IKEA in Israel – Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons
A local bus company recently organized a trip from Beit Shemesh to Rachel’s Tomb, the Western Wall and the IKEA store in Rishon Lezion, which is in the midst of its summer sale. Continue Reading »
8 Haredi protesters arrested in violent anti-draft demonstration were released from police custody, 7 under court restrictions.
Internal Security Minister said he was ‘appalled’ by violence against the police
By Noam (Dabul) Dvir
Eight protesters who were arrested Thursday at a haredi anti-draft demonstration in Jerusalem were released Friday, seven under restrictions.
Violent protest – Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg
Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich said he was appalled by the protesters’ violence which was also directed at police officers and promised that the rioters would be punished.
Thursday’s protest saw one officer moderately wounded and another five lightly wounded. Of the protesters, five sustained minor wounds. Continue Reading »
‘Equal share of burden’ committee has 1st meeting. ‘IDF’s needs are our first priority,’ Science Minister Yaakov Perry says.
The Knesset Committee for Promoting Equal Share of the Burden, headed by Science Minister Yaakov Perry (Yesh Atid), convened for the first time Sunday. Representatives of the IDF and the Civil Service Administration attended the meeting and stressed they were prepared to intake haredi enlistees.
At the end of the meeting, Perry said: “In six weeks we will have a historic law – the process is sensitive, but the IDF’s needs are our first priority.”
The committee’s meeting took place only a few hours before the beginning of Memorial Day, and while leading the meeting, Minister Perry stressed the symbolic importance of the coincidence. Continue Reading »