haredi draft

Haredim And The Draft

03/11/2014 - 20:00

George Orwell said, “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” Israelis sleep well because other Israelis — barely older than boys and girls, actually — are willing to serve when called. Serving in the IDF is “a mitzvah,” said Naftali Bennett, Israel’s minister of religion.

Is A ‘Sharing The Burden’ Society At Hand?

With passage of haredi draft law, some question whether army is right path for Orthodox integration.

03/10/2014 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — The long-anticipated haredi draft law, which passed the Knesset overwhelmingly on Wednesday, was built on the premise of “sharing the national burden.”

If haredi draft bill isn’t overturned, more than 3,000 haredi men will be exchanging black for khaki.  Michele Chabin/JW

‘We’ll Endure Zionism’

As new draft law nears passage, haredi Israelis take to streets in multitudes.

03/03/2014 - 19:00

Jerusalem — Beneath banners invoking historic calamities from the Egyptian enslavement to the Holocaust, hundreds of thousands of haredi Orthodox men gathered on the streets of Jerusalem to recite psalms and penitential prayers as they inveighed against an enemy they consider on par with Hitler and the ancient pharaohs.

Despite legal consequences, thousands of Haredi men insist they’ll resist being drafted into the IDF if a bill passes the Knesse

For Haredi Soldiers, War On The Home Front

Amid draft bill, fervently Orthodox attack and demonize enlistees from within their community.
07/15/2013 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — They are known as “hardakim,” and have become caught in the crossfire of the escalating battle in Israel over the ending of military draft exemptions to the fervently Orthodox, also known as haredim.

A poster in Jerusalem’s haredi Mea Shearim neighborhood criticizes Benjamin Netanyahu’s support for drafting haredim.

Heck No, We Won’t Go

In Manhattan, Satmars and other ultra-Orthodox Jews take on the Israeli draft.
06/10/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Thousands of haredi Jews gathered in Lower Manhattan’s Foley Square on Sunday to protest Israel’s new draft legislation, which they claim is “an attack on our freedom of religion.”

Thousands Of Haredi Jews Protest Israeli Draft In Manhattan

06/09/2013 - 20:00

Thousands of haredi Jews, including members of both rival factions of the Satmar chasidic sect, crowded into Foley Square in Lower Manhattan Sunday to protest Israel's plan to include the ultra-Orthodox in the army draft.

The protesters carried signs reading "The Israei Draft Law is an attack on religious freedom" and "Orthodox Jews willproudly go to jail rather than serve in the Israeli army."

Protestor and his children approach Federal Plaza in Manhattan for rally against Israeli draft of haredim. Don Emmert/AFP/Getty

Coalition Close To Accord On Haredi Draft

02/25/2013 - 19:00
Staff Writer

The issue of military service for fervently Orthodox Jews in Israel is reportedly nearing a resolution, a major hurdle in the formation of a new Israeli government.

Foxman: Draft Haredim And Israeli Arabs To Defend Their Own Neighborhoods

08/18/2012 - 20:00

Israel should consider drafting its Arab and Haredi population to defend their neighborhoods,.Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, told the Times of Israel. He said the proposal would undercut ideological arguments since draftees would take care of their own neighborhoods.

Barak Orders IDF To Draft Ultra-Orthodox

07/31/2012 - 20:00


Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered the Israeli Defense Forces to draft haredi Orthodox men as it does other Jewish Israelis.

The Associated Press reported that Barak has allowed a month for officials to formulate regulations on haredi conscription.

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