The court conditionally banned such funding in January, eleven months after it struck down the Tal Law, which had allowed haredim to escape Israel’s military draft by studying full time in haredi yeshivas in perpetuity. But despite the court's ruling, the goverment has continued to fund the haredi yeshivas.
High Court To Government: Explain Why You Continue To Fund Haredi Yeshivas Whose Students Refuse To Serve In The IDF
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessaih.com
Israel’s High Court of Justice has ordered the Government of Israel to explain why it is still funding haredi yeshivas nine months after the High Court ordered it not to do so.
The court conditionally banned such funding in January, eleven months after it struck down the Tal Law which had allowed haredim to escape Israel’s military draft by studying full time in haredi yeshivas in perpetuity.
Even so, the government has continued to fund haredi yeshivas, arguing that it has no other choice until the country’s new draft law is passed and in operation – something this and the previous governments have unsuccessfully tried to do for almost two years, largely because Prime Minister Netanyahu and his Likud Party have scuttled most attempts to pass a new law because their haredi allies, outside the government now but essential for any future Likud-led coalition government, strongly oppose any draft of haredi yeshiva students.
The religious freedom organization Hiddush initially petitioned the High Court to block haredi yeshiva funding and then reportedly petitioned the High Court again this week again after Israel’s Minister of Education Rabbi Shai Piron of the Yesh Atid Party granted yet another funding extension, the third.
After the second extension was issued, the government told the High Court that while a new draft law was being finalized, it decided to continue funding haredi yeshivas whose students have not received call up notices from the IDF and those whose students have valid deferments.
Hiddush argues the continued funding of haredi yeshivas is illegal.
The state has one week to respond to the new petition.