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.
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 »
Israel’s ultra-Orthodox community is witnessing a revolt by its young as more & more haredim seek to transcend their lives of poverty & isolation by enlisting in the IDF, entering the country’s workforce, & pursuing academic educations.
By Associated Press & Israel Hayom Staff
A quiet revolution is arising inside the insular world of Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, chipping away at the walls its leaders have erected to protect against what they see as the dangers of secularism. More and more young ultra-Orthodox are insisting they can continue to lead pious lives while also embracing technology, the modern workplace and their fellow Israelis. Continue Reading »
Group of former ultra-Orthodox Jews demand compensation for people who left the ultra-Orthodox world and never learned basic math skills, how to use a computer or speak English.
• Ultra-Orthodox leaders worry that any change to the religious education system would threaten a centuries-old way of life that has preserved Judaism for thousands of years.
By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff
When Avihay Marciano completed his schooling, he didn’t know how to use a computer or speak English and had only elementary math skills. Now, Marciano and 50 others who left the insular ultra-Orthodox community are suing the state, claiming they were denied a basic education and left lagging far behind secular Israelis. Continue Reading »
Capital’s ultra-Orthodox Jews throw stones at police & smash windows, protesting opening of new multiplex movie theater that operates on Shabbat.
Hundreds of Israeli ultra-Orthodox Jews took to the streets of Jerusalem on Friday evening to protest the opening of a new cinema multiplex that will be open on the Jewish Sabbath.
Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews demonstrate in Jerusalem against cinema opening on Shabbat, Friday August 14
The demonstrators threw stones at police and smashed windows to protest the opening of the “Yes Planet” multiplex cinema complex.
Ultra-Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem and throughout Israel often protest against businesses or roads being open during the Jewish Sabbath in their areas as they see this as a desecration of the holy day. Continue Reading »
Unstable Ultra-Orthodox man, who was released from prison just 3 weeks ago for a similar attack at one of Jerusalem’s first pride parades in 2005, was apprehended at scene, knife in hand.
An assailant stabbed four people taking part in a Gay Pride march in central Jerusalem Thursday, Israeli police and health services said.
Stabbing at Jerusalem’s Gay Pride Parade, July 30 2015 – Photo: Ynet
The attack, which occurred on Keren Hayesod street in central Jerusalem, was carried out by an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man named as Yishai Schlisel by police.
According to Magen David Adom, Israel’s equivalent of the Red Cross, two of the casualties are in serious condition. Continue Reading »
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 – 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. Continue Reading »
Earlier this week, a group of Jewish Ultra-Orthodox men who refused to sit next to women opted to disembarked from a Delta flight, when the surrounding passengers refused to acquiesce and change seats.
By Haim Lev, Cynthia Blank
A group of hareidi men who were supposed to fly to Israel from the United States on Delta Airlines flight Tuesday night refused to sit next to women, who in turn refused to switch seats, causing them to disembark from the plane.
Delta Air Lines Boeing 777-200LR – Photo Courtesy: Adrian Pingstone/Wikipedia
Flight 468 was set to depart from Kennedy Airport in New York. 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 »
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.”
The subsidies were part of a government policy to get around a previous 2011 court ruling invalidating the subsidies for haredim in yeshivot as unfair discrimination and favoritism. Continue Reading »
An IDF source reports a sharp decline in Haredi enlistment to the Nahal Brigade stemming from the hostile ultra-Orthodox protests to Israel’s new Draft Law.
By Yossi Yehushua
Sources in the IDF expressed concern over an apparent loss of motivation for enlistment into the military’s religious brigade, Nahal. The officials noted a sharp decline in the number of haredim recruited in recent draft rounds.
‘Nachal Haredi’ (which is a special unit for Haredis) made up mostly from Haredi yeshiva students including those from abroad who come to Israel to join the IDF. – Photo courtesy: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
“If 2013 marked a certain ease regarding the Haredi soldiers, then 2014’s public dispute about the Draft Law took us back by at least a year,” said the Nahal Haredi Organization. Continue Reading »
The hareidi resident of Petach Tikvah is suing for NIS 2.5 million after being forced to violate the Sabbath by the police, even though he was prepared to cooperate & walk to the Police Station.
By David Lev
A hareidi resident of Petach Tikvah is suing police for NIS 2.5 million, after police forced him to ride to a police station on Shabbat. The lawsuit is based on the man’s forced violation of the Sabbath at the hand of police, even though he was prepared to cooperate with police and walk to the station, which was a five minute stroll away, the man’s attorney said. 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 »