Israel Political Brief July 7, 2013: Israeli cabinet approves reforms to IDF conscription law

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Israeli cabinet approves reforms to IDF conscription law

Source: Haaretz, 7-7-13

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet on Sunday approved a proposal for reforms to Israel’s military conscription law which would abolish wholesale exemptions from military duty granted to ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students….READ MORE

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Israel Political Brief May 29, 2013: Israel ends controversial military exemptions for Ultra-Orthodox Jews

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Israel ends controversial military exemptions for Ultra-Orthodox Jews

Source: India Today, 5-29-13

Israel clinched a deal on Wednesday to abolish wholesale exemptions from military service for Jewish seminary students, ended a brief crisis that divided the ruling coalition parties….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 29, 2013: ‘Historic’ haredi draft bill ends coalition crisis

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‘Historic’ haredi draft bill ends coalition crisis

Source: Jerusalem Post, 5-29-13‎

Clause allows exemption of 1,800 yeshiva students; Lapid says in 3 years 70% of haredim will be drafted. Lapid, Perry and Shelach hold press conference, May 29, 2013…READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 27, 2013: Haredi draft debate spurs Yair Lapid threat to bring down government

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Haredi draft debate spurs Lapid threat to bring down government

Source: JTA, 5-27-13 

Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid threatened to bring down the Israeli government if a bill requiring the enlistment of haredi Orthodox men does not include their imprisonment for avoiding conscription….READ MORE

 

Israel Political Brief May 23, 2013: Knesset committee advances bill on haredi military service

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Israeli panel advances measure on haredi military service

Source: JTA, 5-23-13

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….READ MORE

 

Israel Political Brief March 6, 2013: Haredi media personalities call for settlement boycott

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Haredi media personalities call for settlement boycott

Source: JTA, 3-6-13

Israeli haredi Orthodox media personalities are calling for a boycott of West Bank settlement products in response to the Jewish Home party’s position on drafting yeshiva students….READ MORE 

Israel Brief December 13, 2012: East Jerusalem Arabs arrested for attacking Jewish man

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East Jerusalem Arabs arrested for attacking Jewish man

Source: JTA, 12-13-12

Three Arab teenagers from eastern Jerusalem were arrested on suspicion that they attacked a haredi Orthodox Jewish man….READ MORE

Israel Brief December 11, 2012: Leading haredi Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, in Israel: Say no to national military service

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Leading haredi rabbi in Israel: Say no to national service

Source: JTA, 12-11-12

The senior rabbi of the Lithuanian haredi Orthodox, Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, said yeshiva students should not agree to enlist in National Service….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 9, 2012: Israeli Cabinet approves temporary military draft exemption for yeshiva students

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Israeli Cabinet approves temporary draft exemption for yeshiva students

Source: JTA, 12-9-12

Israel’s Cabinet approved a temporary exemption for haredi Orthodox yeshiva students from the military draft….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief August 9, 2012: Israeli Military Begins Drafting Haredi Orthodox

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Israeli military begins drafting haredi Orthodox

Source: JTA, 8-9-12

The Israeli military has begun drafting haredi Orthodox 18-year-olds without encountering significant protests one week after a new law requiring haredi military service took effect….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief July 8, 2012: Deputy PM Shaul Mofaz Head of Team Appointed to Write New Military Draft law in Israel

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Team appointed to write new military draft law in Israel

Source: JTA, 7-8-12

Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz will be part of the three-member team to write an Israeli law on equality in military and national service.

Mofaz and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed on the team, which was announced Sunday. The team will formulate the law on haredi Orthodox military service based on recommendations of the Plesner committee, which Netanyahu dissolved less than a week ago citing the number of members who quit. The committee issued its preliminary findings despite the dissolution….READ MORE

Israel Brief June 26, 2012: Haredi Orthodox Men Arrested in Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum Anti-Israel Graffiti Vandalism

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Haredi Orthodox men arrested in Yad Vashem vandalism

Source: JTA, 6-26-12

Three haredi Orthodox men were arrested for allegedly spray-painting anti-Semitic and anti-Israel graffiti on the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem.

The men, aged 18, 26 and 27, of Jerusalem and Bnei Brak and reportedly of the Neturei Karta group, were arrested Tuesday and reportedly admitted committing the vandalism earlier this month. They are also suspected of being connected to vandalism attacks at Ammunition Hill on Memorial Day and on memorials in the Jordan Valley.

The slogans, written in Hebrew, included “Hitler, thank you for the Holocaust,” “If Hitler did not exist, the Zionists would have invented him,” and “The war of the Zionist regime is not the war of the Jewish people.”

Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev praised the quick and effective work of the police.

“I believe that it was important to know the identities of those who spray-painted the graffiti. The suspects are extremist ultra-Orthodox Jews, anti-Zionists, who are on the fringes of society, and do not represent the majority who respect the memory of the Holocaust,” Shalev said. “Numerous reactions that we received from Israel and around the world, expressing condemnation and repugnance of the graffiti testify that this warped action offended many, and I hope that the court will mete out justice to the criminals.”

The Neturei Karta is a group of Orthodox Jews that rejects Zionism and the establishment of the State of Israel, believing that a legitimate Israel can only be reestablished with the coming of the Messiah.

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