Tuesday, February 02, 2016

One of the two rabbinical leaders of the anti-Zionist, ultra-Orthodox Satmar sect of Hasidim is due to visit Israel bearing cash for anti-draft yeshivas that boycott IDF draft notices...

Satmar rabbi to visit Israel with money for army draft opponents


Zalman Leib Teitelbaum asks for lists of students hurt at anti-draft protests and of yeshivas boycotting first call-up 

One of the two rabbinical leaders of the anti-Zionist, ultra-Orthodox Satmar sect of Hasidim is due to visit Israel bearing cash for anti-draft yeshivas that boycott IDF draft notices, and for ultra-Orthodox students injured or beaten during anti-draft protests.

Zalman Leib Teitelbaum, who has tens of thousands of followers in the US, is due for a 24-hour visit for a family celebration. He has called for a list of yeshivas whose directors refuse to comply with Israel Defense Forces draft orders, Channel 2 reported. Many ultra-Orthodox yeshivas allow their students to go to army induction centers to go through the process of applying for deferments, which eventually become exemptions. 

In a letter to yeshiva heads, Teitelbaum has also asked for the names of yeshiva students who have suffered injuries in anti-draft protests.

Both groups are to benefit from a fund at the rabbi’s disposal.

Jerusalem police on Tuesday arrested six ultra-Orthodox Israelis demonstrating in the capital against the detention of two Haredi men who failed to show up at the army induction center to enlist.
In December, thousands of Haredi protesters demonstrated against the draft. Several protesters clashed with police, who in turn sprayed tear gas at the rioters.

Many in the ultra-Orthodox community shun the mandatory national service that applies to most Israelis, and the community has historically enjoyed blanket exemptions from the army in favor of religious seminary studies.

Reforms passed in the Knesset in 2014 that sought to do away with the exemptions and gradually increase ultra-Orthodox recruitment met fierce opposition from many in the community.

Rabbinic leaders of the community view military service as a threat to their way of life.

In late November 2015, the Knesset approved an amendment to the Equal Service Law that dramatically rolled back the 2014 reforms and scrapped collective penalties imposed if annual quotas for ultra-Orthodox draftees were not met.

A number of ultra-Orthodox recruits have been disowned by their families and ultra-Orthodox soldiers often complain of harassment and violence by community members.


Jerusalem - Just hours before the Satmar Rebbe, Reb Zalman Leib Teitelbaum, was due to land in Tel Aviv in order to visit with his Chasidim and to celebrate his grandson’s wedding, a newspaper columnist issued a call to ban the Rebbe from the country.

As the leader of a large and influential Chasidic sect in America, the Satmar Rebbe brings with him large sums of money that will be donated to groups that oppose Zionism and the Chareidi draft.  Others who have close ties to Satmar have taken part in anti-Semitic demonstrations in America against Israel.

The Satmar Rebbe has paid 100,000 NIS to any yeshiva whose talmidim abstain from voting in our elections and he has prevented the emigration of Yemenite Jews to Israel, preferring instead that they remain in Yemen, in danger, or that they be relocated to the United States.

Because of this it is fitting to deport the Satmar Rebbe back to the United States.  It is important for everyone who cares about the past and the future of the Jewish nation, no matter if they are on the right or the left, to come out and to demonstrate against this great enemy of the State of Israel, who comes to our country and will use his own Chasidim, who live here among us, against us.​