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Israeli Soldier Rescued after 2-Month Armenian Detention Coming Home

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

(JNi.media) An Israeli soldier who was detained in Armenia over the past two months was released early Thursday morning and is on his way back home, Ma’ariv reported.

Arik Martoian, 18, was born in Armenia, made aliyah to Israel at age 5, and has since been an Israeli in every respect, including his military service in the Israeli Air Force, at the Sde Dov Airport in north Tel Aviv. He says he even gave up his Armenian citizenship, along with the rest of his family, because it was clear to all of them that they were in Israel to stay. But last August, Martoian used his vacation from the Air Force to take a two-week trip to the old country, and when he came to the airport to board his flight back, he discovered to his shock that his exit was blocked and he was still considered an Armenian citizen, which also meant he was obligated to enlist in the Armenian Army.

Arik’s friends launched a protest campaign on Facebook, to gain public attention. “The army does not care about its soldier, but we will not give up,” one friend told Channel 2 News. “It’s a shame for the IDF to abandon a soldier like this, exposed to harm, simply a shame.” Arik’s friends were going to rally in the streets if there were no reaction to their Facebook campaign. But then Attorney Eyal Platek, from Haifa, who is also an IDF Colonel (Res.), took it upon himself to rescue Arik, after the Army and foreign ministry had made it clear that diplomatic efforts to release him have failed.

Arik’s friends told Channel 2 News harsh things about the conduct of the Army, which in effect is responsible for the young man’s well being, since he is an enlisted Israeli soldier. They also condemned the foreign service. “He called the consul and doesn’t get a call back, talks to the Army and nothing happens,” they said. “Why do you only get help in this country if you’re a hostage?” they asked with unconcealed fury.

“I am a prisoner here, I can’t wrap my brain around this absurdity,” Arik told Ma’ariv after the story had been exposed. As late as one week ago, he was fearing for his life, because his story was making headlines in Armenia, and he could become the target of countless anti-Zionist groups identifying with Iran or ISIS.

Wednesday night, Arik told Ma’ariv: “It’s the height of excitement for me. I’m sure I won’nt be able to sleep tonight, and unlike other nights when I could not sleep because of fear, tonight I won’t sleep because of my excitement.”

Attorney Platek would not reveal the details of the rescue operation he conducted from a war room in Israel. He only agreed to reveal that MK Oren Hazan, who has been reviled by the left in Israel in recent months for his colorful career prior to being elected a Likud MK, was extremely helpful, and blasted the prime minister’s office and other government agencies with requests for help. In the end, though, Platek says the bureaucracy let him understand that if he didn’t do it himself, Arik would not be rescued.

Mea Shearim Protests Arrest of Yeshiva Student for Ignoring IDF Draft

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

At least four hareidi-religious men were arrested Sunday in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Mea Shearim during a demonstration protesting the arrest of a rabbinical student last week. The student refused to comply with his draft notice to enlist in the IDF.

Several hundred demonstrations gathered at the Kikar Shabbat intersection in the neighborhood at about 3 pm. The protest soon escalated, with demonstrators blocking traffic and hurling rocks at police officers who were sent to the scene.

Israel Border Guard police officers were called in to back up Jerusalem District police officers. Extra patrol units have since been deployed to the neighborhood.

56 Yeshiva Students Arrested in Violent Protests

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

56 Hareidi Yeshiva students were arrested on Monday in mass protests against the arrest of 4 Hareidi draft dodgers the other week.

24 protesters are still being held in jail and the police are asking that their detention be extended, the rest were released.

Four students had files opened against them for violence and arson.

One student is suspected of hitting a policeman in the face with a metal bar.

The Hareidim are protesting against the arrest of 4 Yeshiva students who didn’t show up to the IDF draft office for review after they received their draft notices.

The protests were held in Jerusalem, Ashdod, on Road 444 near El Ad, at the Shilat junction near Modiin Ilit, and at the Bar Ilan bridge near Bnei Brak.

The most violent protest was in Ashdod, where 41 of the 56 students were arrested.

Just Like Normal Parents

Monday, December 1st, 2014

They may be the Prime Minister of Israel and his wife, but today they were just like every other normal Israeli parent sending their son (Avner) off to the army for the draft.


IDF Announces Draft Notices to Christian Israelis

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

The IDF has announced it will begin to send voluntary draft notices to all Christian Israelis, offering them the chance to enlist in Israel’s army.

The move comes as part of the universal draft law that has required hareidi religious Jews to enter the military as well.

The draft will be voluntary for Christians and will include the option of serving either in the IDF or in civilian (national) service. National Service usually entails work in hospitals, schools, youth movements and similar venues.

A number of Christian groups and veterans have organized an initiative to increase the number of Israeli Christians who enlist in the nation’s armed forces.

It has caused a major controversy among Israeli Arabs, who see the effort as an attempt to divide and weaken the community, despite an increase in those who wish to serve.

Approximately 500 Israeli Christians are currently enlisted in National Service, and 100 are serving in the IDF.

Hundreds of Haredim Riot after Draft Dodger Arrested

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Hundreds of Haredim in Meah Shearim rioted on Thursday, after a young Haredi man was arrested for refusing to show up for the draft.

The Haredim began throwing rocks at the police, burning garbage in the streets and blocking traffic.

Five rioters were detained by police after the riot.

All Israeli citizens are subject to arrest if they don’t show up when called for the draft.

Last week JewishPress.com reported on the 30,000 Haredim who received their permanent exemptions from the draft as a result of the new draft law.

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A Sneak Peak into a Haredi Army Unit

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

The video is in Hebrew, but you’ll get the idea even if you don’t understand. Very inspiring. A “Kiddush Hashem”.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/tv/video-picks/a-sneak-peak-into-a-haredi-army-unit/2014/04/06/

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