Thousands Of Haredi Jews Protest Israeli Draft In Manhattan
06/10/13
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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."

The rally shows a tactical shift by haredi Jews toward embacing calls for religious freedom in Israel, or at least their version of it.

Last month a Knesset committee advanced a bill requiring 18-year-old haredi Orthodox men and women to register for military service, with a deferral of up to three years.

Under the bill submitted by the Peri Committee, also known as the Knesset Committee for Promoting Equal Share of the Burden, those who do not register for the draft could be jailed.

Some 1,800 yeshiva scholars would be exempt from service each year. Some 8,000 haredi Orthodox 18-year-olds are drafted each year.

The bill also calls for an increase in the number of months of army service for national-religious hesder yeshivas, from the current 16 months to 24 months, by 2016.

The Peri Committee was set up last year and charged with integrating the haredi Orthodox community into Israel’s military after Israel’s Supreme Court ruled in February 2012 that the Tal Law, which had allowed haredi men to defer army service, was unconstitutional.

The Rabbinical Council of America, which represents Modern Orthodox rabbis, denounced the gathering.

"It is an insult to the memory of the Satmar Rov, of blessed memory, that his disciples a generation later would take to the streets to publicly aid the many enemies who stand ready to destroy, God forbid, the Jewish State - and all Jews," said Rabbi Shmuel Goldin, the council's president.

"For all his well-known opposition to a secular state, he always put the protection of Jewish lives first."

Estimates of the crowd in various media reports ranged from 5,000 to 10,000.

Posters promoting the event in haredi neighborhoods used inflammatory language, Haaretz reported, showing haredi soldiers surrounded by fire. "The evil rulers in the Holy Land want to incite and seduce young men and teenagers to acquiesce to idol worship and to participate in the impure army," the posters in Hebrew and Yiddish.

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There are no more free lunches anymore in Israel. If you live there and in any way partake in the social fabric of the nation then you must give back to the same social fabric. If young ultra-Orthodox don't want to be drafted in the IDF then they have to do some other form of national service from agricultural work to changing bedpans at the hospitals to sweeping the streets. The bottom line is that they are going to do something because the non-ultra-Orthodox majority are fed up with them. A demonstration in New York City is not going to matter.

I saw a poster on the side of a building near the FDR Drive in Manhattan. It said "If you don't like gay marriage, don't get gay married". Good advice to the Haredi: if you don't like the responsibilities of Israeli citizenship, don't be an Israeli. Considering the alternatives to combat, the scholars can find many useful and rewarding military commitments.

NYPD put the crowd estimate at 75,000.

only satmar went

How can any law in Israel be ruled unconstitutional when Israel has no constitution?

If you play you pay. They live in Israel they should be registered for the Armed Services. If they don't want to serve in the field then they can serve as orderlies in the hospitals. Or as clerks. They get the benefits of Israel. They now need to pay up for them. Everyone else does. Jewish and Non-Jewish.

Seems like you didn't hear the speeches at the protest or no much on this topic.
Samar doesn't take any money from the Israeli government and is blaming other sectors from the so called orthodox world who do take money from the government that they caused the draft of all student.

in secular point of view ,that's a point ;but as you with your free will choosed your life with a secular approach ,or a corrupted religious one ,they have the right and used their right to choose their fate their faith their destiny torah approach ,so they cannot take part in supporting a country that has no right to exist ,their is no right for a country under the name jew ,to exist with the force of army ,for the time being ;if they choosed to take over isreal from the terks from the englands and hold the security and wealth through their hands ,they sopposed to take into consideration that they will have to be alone with that and can not rely on satmar to come help them in any way !if you cant any more just leave it alone give it up to the united nations , and get the hell out of here

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