Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach and dozens of his yeshiva students and followers staged a protest at the IDF’s Prison 6 after one of Auerbah’s followers was arrested for failing to report to an IDF induction center.
Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach
Haredi Yeshiva Student Arrested, Jailed For Dodging Draft, Sparking Protest
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Ashkenazi haredi rebel faction leader Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach and dozens of his yeshiva students and followers staged a protest at the IDF’s Prison 6 after one of Auerbah’s followers was arrested for failing to report to an IDF induction center, the Jerusalem Post reported based on haredi media reports.
19-year-old yeshiva student Moshe A. was arrested and sentenced to 14 days in military prison, sparking Auerbach’s protest.
Auerbach previously ordered his students not to report to IDF induction centers when summoned and is even more hardline on this issue than mainstream Ashkenazi haredi leader Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, who tells yeshiva students to report when summoned but tells them not to fill out any forms, sign any documents or cooperate with the IDF in any way.
Israel’s Knesset is still debating whether or not to impose formal criminal penalties on haredim who dodge the draft, with some Knesset members and social activists arguing that criminal penalties would be counterproductive.
“The protest today proves again that anyone who decides to imprison thousands of haredim ensures that they will wage an uncompromising war [agains such a policy] and will and the few who do currently enlist will not be able to continue to serve in the army. If there is an attempt to use imprisonment [against haredi yeshiva students] it will play into the hands of the haredi extremists who are completely opposed to IDF service. The way to bring about haredi enlistment is through comprehensive economic sanctions which will make staying in yeshiva financially impossible for the majority and will bring a halt to the public funding of draft evader," ” director of the religious freedom group Hiddush, Reform Rabbi Uri Regev, reportedly said.
Regev and his group are strong proponents of drafting haredim.