Hareidi Children to March Against Mandatory Enlistment (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Maayana Miskin 07/15/12)
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Many hareidi-religious leaders have remained silent in the face of a
recent push for hareidi Torah scholars to be forced to enlist in the
IDF. However, the Eida Chareidis group is taking the opposite
approach, and has planned a march on Monday in protest of the measure.
Hundreds of young hareidi boys are expected to participate in the
march, which will remain within the hareidi neighborhoods of Meah
Shearim and Geula in Jerusalem.
Rabbis from the Eida Chareidis will speak at the event.
The Eida Chareidis was criticized last week for involving children in
its protests. The group defended itself, saying that the subject of
IDF enlistment, “is truly a harsh decree for the entire Torah world,
and in this case only the prayers of the young Torah-learning
children ["tinokot shel beit rabban"] can help.”
In addition, hareidi activists have set up a protest tent opposite
the Knesset. The protesters themselves have completed military or
civilian national service.
The activists warned MKs that voting to impose sanctions on hareidi
men who do not enlist will backfire. “Personal sanctions will
undermine the trend toward hareidi integration in the IDF,” they told
IDF Radio. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 07/15/12)
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