Tag Archive for Haredim

Amid IDF impasse, Netanyahu coalition calls to dissolve Knesset, call for elections

As Lapid backtracks on past support “in petty politics at the expense of the IDF and Israeli public” in a last-ditch effort to exploit the ultra-Orthodox draft impasse, Netanyahu’s gov’t decides to dissolve the parliament and call for early elections.

By i24NEWS


An emergency meeting of the heads of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition partners on Monday in a last-ditch effort to resolve an impasse over contentious legislation regulating military conscription for ultra-Orthodox Jews ended in a decision to dissolve parliament and call early elections.

The meeting, which got underway shortly after 1:00 p.m. local time at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem, was called a day before Israel’s parliament was due to begin preparing a bill on the contentious issue for its final readings with less than a month left to pass a law on the matter under a Supreme Court-imposed deadline. Continue Reading »

Unidentified IDF knapsack with weapons returned to security forces by Palestinian Arabs


An army knapsack filled classified material, numerous weapons & ammunition was found by Palestinian Arabs on Route 35 near Hevron, and returned to Israeli forces via Palestinian police.

By Uzi Baruch


Palestinian Arabs found an IDF knapsack containing classified materials near Hevron, and returned it to Israeli security forces.

Weapons seized by Netzah Yehuda – the IDF’s haredi (ultra-Orthodox) battalion – Photo courtesy: Nahal Haredi Foundation

According to the report on Channel 2, the Arabs claimed that they found the bag on Route 35, near Hevron. It contained classified materials, as well as army uniforms and ready-to-use weapons.

The Arabs who found the knapsack notified PA security forces, and turned it over to them. Continue Reading »

Stone Throwing Ultra-Orthodox Jews Attack IDF Officer in Jerusalem

An IDF officer visiting 2 soldiers under his command, was assaulted by dozens of ultra-Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem neighborhood of Mea She’arim, causing extensive damage to his car.

By Kobi Nachshoni.


An IDF officer was attacked by dozens of ultra-Orthodox Jews in the neighborhood of Meah She’arim in Jerusalem on Friday. The assailants – both adults and children – threw stones and eggs at him, caused damage to his car and yelled: “Hardak (frivolous haredi), we will kill you”.

Damage caused to officer's car

Damage caused to officer’s car – Courtesy

The officer, a resident of Kiryat Arba who serves in the Givati infantry brigade, had arrived at the neighborhood in Jerusalem to pay a visit to two of his soldiers – one of them a lone soldier whose grandfather had recently passed away.
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‘Equality of Burden’ law has resulted in only 1 haredi enlisting so far



Of the 2,996 ultra-Orthodox youths, between 22-28 yrs-old, that were summoned to the IDF’s induction center, only 1,126 (38%) show up & only 1 enlisted.

MK Moti Yogev reported, “The atmosphere in the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) street as a result of the law has become anti-enlistment.”

Gideon Allon


Only one haredi between the ages 22-28 has enlisted in the Israel Defense Forces since the Equality of Burden Law was passed three months ago, according to an IDF Manpower Directorate report that was presented on Tuesday.

A haredi man at an IDF induction center [Illustrative] – Photo: Gideon Markowitz

Haredim between the ages 22-28 are exempt from military service, but are offered to serve in the IDF or civil service.

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Israel High Court ruling: 10,000 non-working haredim to lose monthly stipend

Israel’s Supreme Court decision addresses only directly-paid subsidies & does not impact the new major law that reset the entire balance of ultra-Orthodox obligations regarding serving in the army etc.



An expanded seven justice panel of the High Court unanimously threw out as unconstitutional approximately NIS 1,000 per month in subsidies which the state has been paying directly to around 10,000 haredim for studying in yeshivot and not working.


Haredim – Illustrative photo: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post

Though Supreme Court President Asher D. Grunis presided, justice Elyakim Rubinstein wrote the court’s opinion, including an anecdote at the end stating that members of a synagogue he attends recently told a young haredi man asking for charity that he should “go find a job.” Continue Reading »

IDF publishes ‘Nine Commandments for the Orthodox soldier’


As the IDF prepares to induct more religious soldiers into Netzah Yehuda, the army releases pamphlet titled ‘Defending the Nation, Guarding the Torah’ to help Israel’s ultra-orthodox soldiers operate without Shabbat desecration.

By Yoav Zitun

In the early morning hours of last Saturday, members of Netzah Yehuda – the IDF’s haredi (ultra-Orthodox) battalion – participated in a special forces operation in the Jenin refugee camp. The haredi soldiers were securing the perimeter of the area of operations; they may have wondered to themselves whether they broke Shabbat before and after the complex operation.

IDF members in  Netzah Yehuda – the IDF's haredi battalion - Photo courtesy: IDF Spokesperson's Unit

IDF members in Netzah Yehuda – the IDF’s haredi battalion – Photo courtesy: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

The IDF admits to the difficulties of catering to haredi soldiers and has produced an instructions manual for the battalion, in an attempt to solve a few of the dilemmas faced by religious soldiers who participate in operational actions on Shabbat.
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Jerusalem’s roads closed in for Ultra-Orthodox protest against IDF draft

Haredi demonstration expected to bring transportation chaos to Israel’s capital.

Jerusalem’s light rail & local buses to be seriously affected.


Traffic chaos is expected in Jerusalem this afternoon due to the scheduled mass demonstration by Haredim (Ultra-Orthodox) opposed to the government’s proposed military draft law.

Ultra-Orthodox protesters make their way to a rally against the military draft bill, March 2, 2014.

Ultra-Orthodox protesters make their way to a rally against the military draft bill, March 2, 2014.- Photo: Emil Salman

Jerusalem Police expect hundreds of thousands to attend the demonstration, which will take place in the area of the Bridge of Strings, at the main entrance to Jerusalem, and in the roads leading to it. Continue Reading »

Thousands of Ultra-Orthodox men take to the streets over IDF enlistment


Clashes & arrests reported with Haredim holding protests in Jerusalem, Bnei Brak & other cities with haredi communities.

The demonstrations are being organized by radical haredim and are held in protest at gov’t move to withhold funds to yeshivas.

By Ynet reporters


Thousands of haredi men held protests throughout the country Thursday, following the arrest of a haredi draft-dodger and against the backdrop of a bill intended to enforce the enlistment of haredi youths into the IDF.

Twelve haredi men were arrested for allegedly disturbing the peace at one demonstration in Jerusalem.

Earlier Thursday, Finance Minister Yair Lapid decided to freeze all the funds intended for yeshivas in the wake of a High Court ruling that the State must stop funding yeshiva students who had not enlisted. Continue Reading »

Haredim caught desecrating memorial fountain for 73 fallen IDF soldiers


Mushav Shear Yashuv residents digusted to find haredi tourists bathing in a memorial fountain, which was dedicated to the 73 IDF soldiers who were killed in a terrible 1997 helicopter accident.

Haredi tourists: “Memorials constitute idolatry.”

By Daniel Siryoti



A fracas erupted Tuesday between tourists at a memorial for the victims of a military helicopter accident near the Galilee town of Shear Yashuv, after several haredim were caught bathing in the monument fountain.

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Haredi attack on Haredi soldier in Jerusalem summons political outrage


Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu condemned the attack, vowing to “take a hard stand against those who attempt to strike fear in citizens fulfilling their duty to the state.”



A haredi soldier was attacked by dozens of haredi men on Tuesday night in the ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem neighborhood of Mea She’arim.

Haredi combat soldiers – Photo: Marc Israel Sellem

Haredi combat soldiers – Photo: Marc Israel Sellem

According to the police, at approximately 7:30 p.m., the soldier, who was in uniform, was surrounded and threatened by approximately 100 haredi men on Gimzo Street in the heart of Mea She’arim, but managed to flee to a nearby building and alert the police.

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IDF Haredim soldiers build new Electronic Warfare System

Ultra-Orthodox IDF soldiers participate in development of new & advanced electronic warfare system.


A., 29, thankful for the opportunity to ‘give not only to the army, to the people of Israel, but also to the place from which I come as someone setting a precedent’.

By Yoav Zitun

far from the limelight, haredi soldiers serving in the army are racking up impressive accomplishments. Ultra-Orthodox soldiers serving in the army’s Computer Services Directorate have recently completed development of an advanced electronic warfare system, which significantly improves the operational abilities of forces along the nothern and Gaza borders.

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I., one of the program graduates – Photo: IDF Spokesperson

The secret system provides an operational solution to a gap which existed within the army in terms of daily security. Continue Reading »

Thousands of Orthodox Jews Protest in Lower Manhattan

Thousands of haredim gathered in Manhattan to demonstrate against recent efforts in Israel to conscript haradi yeshiva students to the IDF.

Ironically, the ultra orthodox sect renowned for its uncompromising attitude toward liberal and reform Judaism, held banners calling for “freedom of religion”.

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Haredi MKs respond to Lapid diatribe

Blamed by rookie finance minister for Israel’s huge deficit, the ultra-Orthodox MKs accuse Lapid of inciting hatred & scapegoating them to divert attention away from his planned tax hikes.

Moran Azulay


Haredi Knesset members are firing back following Finance Minister Yair Lapid‘s bitter diatribe at the Knesset plenum on Monday.

“He’s using the haredim as a means of distraction and a way to avoid the real questions about the enormous measures he’s imposing on the public,” said MK Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) who confronted Lapid at the plenum. “It will be because of him that Israelis take to the streets again soon enough.” Continue Reading »

Haredi man photographed inside plastic bag puzzles foreign media

Websites & media outlets post photo of Haredi man inside a large plastic bag during his flight to Israel, sparked  speculation as to his motives.

By Ynet

A photo posted on Facebook showing a Ben-Gurion Airport flight has caught the attention of international media. In the picture, a haredi man can be seen sitting in his seat on a commercial flight wrapped in a large plastic bag.

(צילום: מתוך ניו יורק דיילי ניוז)

Haredi in plastic bag. – Photo from: New York Daily News

The New York Daily News offered an explanation. The man is said to be a Kohen, and as the aircraft flew over a cemetery, he covered himself in a plastic bag so he could remain pure. Continue Reading »

Are the Haredim to ‘face the music’?

Is the Bennett-Lapid  alliance the revenge of the ‘knitted kippot’?

The Haredim annulled their conversions, called them “gentiles & heretics” and humiliated them at every possible opportunity.

The Haredim treated the national-religious sector like hired help for years, & systematically pushed them out of almost every state-religious institution.

By Yehuda Shlezinger



Yaakov Rivlin, one of the most respected commentators of the haredi system, recently expressed an insight that some would call historic. “The national-religious are about to take the place of the haredim in the religious and political systems of life in this country, and we must resign ourselves to that,” he wrote in the haredi newspaper BaKehila [In the community].

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