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Monday, March 10, 2014

Thousands demonstrate in New York against drafting yeshiva students

Anywhere from 50,000 to 150,000 (link in Hebrew) Haredim filled a 10-block area of lower Manhattan on Sunday to protest against the government of Israel's proposed draft of yeshiva students.

Let's go to the videotape.

So what's it all about. I'd like to quote two sentences from the first link, which I think summarize why the Haredi community - both in Israel and abroad (there was also a huge demonstration in London last week) - has reacted so strongly.
'We're all united against military service for religious men in Israel because it doesn't allow for religious learning,' said Peggy Blier, an interior designer from Brooklyn. 'The Israeli government is looking to destroy religious society and make the country into a secular melting pot.'


'They came out of fear of one thing: that they are going to be changed, that they will be put in a melting pot and changed,' ultra-Orthodox lawmaker Israel Eichler told Israeli Channel 2 TV.
Yes, that's really what it's all about. When the Israeli government makes the effort to convince Haredim otherwise - which they won't do through sanctions, criminal or otherwise - they might succeed in getting Haredim to join the army and/or the workforce. Until then, all they've accomplished is to undo the progress which has been made in the past ten years:
In 2011, for instance, 55 percent of ultra-Orthodox women and 45 percent of the men held jobs, up from 48 percent and 33 percent respectively nine years earlier, according to Israel's central bank and its central bureau of statistics. The numbers, while still far below the national average of around 80 percent, show the community is far from the homogenous mass viewed by outsiders.
I suspect 2014's numbers will go back in the other direction. 

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At 9:46 PM, Blogger Red Tulips said...

You know what, you are right!

Let's let thousands and thousands of highly fertile Haredim continue to evade the draft and receive welfare payments and not receive any secular education of note and not pay income taxes and be under employed (at best). This really with strengthen the Jewish state's economy and propel it into the future.


Have it your way, Carl. You won anyway and the law that was passed is toothless. But then you will have to live in the future with the ill begotten gains of what you are advocating for.


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