Last week, the ‘haredi’ (and conservative Zionist Orthodox) soldiers at a Nahal Haredi base barred a female border police soldier on an operational mission with her unit from entering the dining hall at the base to eat dinner in what is supposed to be a violation of IDF policy and the specific orders given the base commander. The soldier went hungry (as did the males soldiers in her unit because they walked out in solidarity with her). In response, the IDF did – nothing.
Haredi Soldiers Bar Female Soldier From Dining Hall, Spark Outrage, IDF Does – Nothing
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Last week, the ‘haredi’ (and conservative Zionist Orthodox) soldiers at a Nahal Haredi base barred a female border police soldier on an operational mission with her unit from entering the dining hall at the base to eat dinner, Ha’aretz reported. All the male soldiers in her unit were allowed to enter and to eat.
But they refused.
In protest, the male soldiers in her unit walked out. All the soldiers in that unit missed dinner.
The IDF says it is investigating the incident and it says no base, even haredi bases, are closed to women soldiers. As proof, the IDF claims that there will be times that women officers and support staff will need to visit haredi bases.
Few people seem to believe the IDF.
This is the second known incident in which women have been denied access to that haredi base, allegedly in violation of IDF orders and protocol.
No disciplinary steps have been taken against the haredi soldiers who allegedly violated IDF orders in both incidents and the “investigation” has so far led to no known results.
The IDF Spokesperson's Unit reportedly refused to comment.
Also last week, the IDF and the government were caught dramatically inflating the number of new haredi recruits. Observers, including journalists who are IDF veterans and reservists, noted that many of the “haredi” recruits entering the induction center were wearing jeans, shorts and t-shirts, and none had visible peyos (sidecurls).
A haredi civilian hired by the IDF to recruit haredim told reporters that there were no actual haredi yeshiva students or ‘normal’ haredim who enlisted that day – even though the IDF and the government claimed there were more than 400.
The IDF barred journalists and civilians from entry into the center itself to see the induction ceremony.
Who was inducted?
Zionist Orthodox youth from very conservative Zionist Orthodox yeshivas, ex-haredim and “shabbabnikim” (“bums”) – haredim who dropped out or who were thrown out of yeshivas and who roam the streets of haredi neighborhoods (and downtowns) in small packs or gangs, often committing petty crimes and using drugs and alcohol.