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Another Protest

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Large protests broke out in Mea Shearim and outside Hadassah hospital today against the planned autopsy of a 4-month-old baby, the grandson of the mayor of Beit Shemesh.

Police suspect the baby was shaken to death, possibly by the baby’s caretaker.

Some Ultra-Orthodox believe that autopsies are absolutely forbidden by Jewish law, with no exceptions.

Other halachic positions permit autopsies in certain circumstances, with very clear guidelines on how and when they may be performed.

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Thousands Protest IDF Draft in Jerusalem’s Mea Shearim Neighborhood

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Thousands of men protested the military draft in a demonstration Tuesday night held in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Mea Shearim.

The demonstrators were specifically protesting the recruitment of hareidi-religious male students.

Most males in the hareidi-religious sector continue their studies past the age of 18, the age at which all Israeli youths are drafted for military service. Instead, they prepare for a life of Torah study in a kollel (rabbinic study hall). Some train to become Torah scribes, highly skilled religious slaughterers of kosher meat, Torah adjutants, rabbinic teachers, and so forth.

Recently changed laws have mandated instead that many of these young men must interrupt their studies to serve in the military, sometimes in environments not conducive to Torah life.

Hareidi-religious leaders have vigorously fought this trend, citing the difficulties of catching up with learning that was lost during IDF service, and the struggles to re-adapt to a yeshiva lifestyle after the military.

Not all hareidi-religious students are suited for such a life, however, and many do enter the military. Those who do, however, have faced a complex set of challenges both within their communities and within the IDF as well, during their service and upon discharge.

Hana Levi Julian

Netanyahu’s Daughter & Grandchildren Move to Staunchly Ultra-Orthodox Mea Shearim

Saturday, December 19th, 2015

(JNi.media) Noa Roth, 36, ultra-Orthodox daughter of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has recently moved with her husband and two children to live in Mea Shearim, Jerusalem’s most staunchly Haredi neighborhood, Ma’ariv reported this weekend.

Netanyahu and his first wife, Dr. Miriam (Miki) Weitzman (later Haran), who met in 1972 in Boston, where they were both studying, had their daughter Noa in 1979, and divorced soon after. Noa later became religious, and is married to Daniel Roth, a Chabad-affiliated businessman. The couple have two children, Netanyahu’s only grandchildren.

Noa prefers to stay out of the limelight. In Netanyahu’s official biography, on the Prime Minister’s office’s website—updated October 19, 2015—it states that “Mr. Netanyahu is married to Sara, a psychologist, and is the father of three. The Netanyahu family lives in Jerusalem.” There is no mention of the fact that his first offspring was born in an earlier marriage (he was also married to Fleur Cates from 1981 to ’84); and there’s also no mention of the prime minister’s two grandchildren, although he and Sara, his third wife, with their two sons, Yair and Avner, attended the bris of Noa’s and David’s son in 2011.

The tightly-packed neighborhood into which Noa and David Roth have just moved is 100% ultra-Orthodox, and has dozens of yeshivas, kolels and synagogues.

[Ed: It’s amazing they were able to find an available apartment in Mea Shearim.]

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Shas MK Deri Calls Hareidi Assault on IDF Officer ‘Terror’

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and several Knesset Members expressed outrage on Friday after Hareidim attacked an IDF officer’s car when he ventured into the Jerusalem neighborhood to visit two of his soldiers.

One of them is a lone soldier, without family in Israel, and the other recently lost his grandfather.

The officer, who is from Kiryat Arba, escaped with bruises after the Hareidi attackers smashed the back window of his private vehicle, whose windows were reinforced against Arab rock-throwers on the highway between Kiryat Arba and Jerusalem.

“They had murder in their eyes,” the soldier told his mother, according to Yediot Acharonot. “They were just like terrorists in encountered in Gaza,” he added. The 21-year-old officer saw action in Gaza in the Protective Edge counter-terrorist operation against Hamas last summer.

A rising number of Hareidim who enlist in the IDF has made a minority of extremists even more violent in their opposite to anything that hints of Zionism.

They are subservient to their rabbis, who so far have not taught that there is no mitzvah in physically attacking a fellow Jew.

Aryeh Deri, chairman of the Hareidi Shas Sephardi party, called the attack “terror.” Yehadut HaTorah (UTJ) MK Yaakov Litzman said, “Attacking a soldier by extremists is a red line that must be condemned. Use of violence of any kind is sacrilegious.

UTJ Knesset Member Uri Maklev called the incident “terror” and charged that the extremist gang is headquartered in Beit Shemesh. He also accused the police of negligence by ignoring the gang.

He told Kikar Shabbat:

This is a gang of extremists who are more violent to other Hareidim than they are to the general public. It is the same group that once attacked [Hareidi] MK Moshe Gafni and the late Yosef Shalom Elyashiv. The police know the identity of some of their leaders but surrender and do nothing about it.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said after the attack, “This is an outrageous incident, and the lawbreakers who raised a hand against an IDF officer should be prosecuted. Military service is a source of pride. The IDF is the people’s army that protects us all. Population groups from all of Israeli society serve in it – that’s how it was and how it will continue to be.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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.

Hana Levi Julian

Haredim Allegedly Hurled Rocks at Arabs Violating the Sabbath

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Dozens of Jerusalem Haredim allegedly hurled rocks on Friday night, after the Sabbath began, at Arab vehicles on Route 1 that bypasses Mea Shearim, according to the Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency.

The news agency claimed that the attacks “were racially-motivated assaults targeting Palestinians,” while police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said there had been no reports of complaints.

It could very well be that Haredim targeted the cars, and the drivers did not complain to the police.

In any case, it is doubtful the stacks were “racially” motivated. First of all, the all of the vehicles bore Israeli license plates, and there was no way to distinguish, especially from a distance at night, if the drivers were Jewish or Arab

Secondly, Haredim don’t care about the religion of a motorist driving by their area on the Sabbath.

One Arab told Ma’an that police arrived but did not interfere, which is also likely since some of the more violent Haredim like throwing rocks at them also, regardless of their religion and even if it is not the Sabbath.

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Haredi Establishment Gets Fresh Draft Martyr, Expect Noise

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

On Wednesday, hundreds of yeshiva students demonstrated outside Prison Six in Atlit, south of Haifa, where the IDF has placed Moshe A., 19, a yeshiva student dodging the draft.

On Sunday, Moshe came to his Kiryat Malachi home for a short furlough from his Lithuanian yeshiva Nachlat Asher in Petach Tikva. According to his mother, Miri, who spoke to Ynet, the IDF recruitment department called to make sure he was home, and then, at 2:30 AM Monday, some MPs arrived and arrested Moshe.

“Since then I haven’t heard a thing from him,” his mother said, who’s getting the news about her son only through his yeshiva rebbi.

On Tuesday, Moshe A. was sentenced to 14 days in jail for ignoring an invitation from the army. His mother said Moshe was very much afraid of the draft, after hearing that yeshiva boys are “ruined” in the army. She added that on Sunday he called his father to say tearfully that “people are cursing here, dirtying their mouths, I can’t stand it.”

Just to set the record straight, the IDF Spokesperson’s office made clear that Moshe A. was the only yeshiva student arrested, but not because he’s opposed to the draft—they all are, but because he chose to ignore the draft notice. According to the IDF, everybody else who are classified as a draft candidate whose Torah study is his livelihood did show up, register and received a deferment until the Knesset passes the new draft law.

Moshe A. was following the command of Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach, leader of the Jerusalem Lithuanian Haredim, who declared the effort to recruit yeshiva students “gzeirat shmad,” tantamount to the medieval church’s attempts to convert Jews by force.

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An ad published in a Haredi paper associated with Rabbi Auerbach last week cited him as saying that since the current notices being sent out to yeshiva students of age are only for the purpose of screening and placement—and not actual draft notices—students must not report at all.

So Rabbi Auerbach and his merry band of Haredim needed a pawn to serve their political aims, not the least of which is fund raising for the glorious struggle against the Torah hating Zionisrs, and Moshe A. volunteered.

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Just to make things even more complicated, according to his mother, Moshe A. is scheduled to undergo back surgery next week. “They promised me to release him until then,” she said. “But I’m worried. Meanwhile he’s suffering pain over there. I don’t know what his medical condition is, and I’m afraid they’ll harass him and force him to do things which are contrary to his faith…”

Transportation from Kiryat Malachi, in the northern Negev, to the prison up north presents a problem for Miri, who relies on buses to travel. “In my entire life I never took the bus to Haifa,” she said.

Rabbi Auerbach did show up in front of the prison gates Wednesday, with hundreds of followers, to pray for “the removal of the decree.”

The elderly rabbi visited Moshe A. in his prison cell, gave him a religious seifer-book and a bouquet of flowers. He also asked the boy to bless him.

Now that the first yeshiva student has been punished with a short prison sentence, the fight is bound to intensify. The rally by the jail marked the start of a new campaign, in Israel and abroad, in which the name of the state of Israel will be dragged through the mud and the IDF be compared to Stalin and the Communists.

Yori Yanover

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