Dozens gather at Tal Law protest camp

By JPOST.COM STAFF
January 28, 2012 19:13

Dozens of protesters gathered Saturday night at the Arlozorof train station in Tel Aviv to demonstrate against the Tal Law.

Executive Director of the IDF Widows and Orphans Organization Gil Simenhois visited the "Camp Sucker" encampment to show solidarity with the struggle.

The Tal Law affords those studying full-time in a yeshiva the option of deferring their military service until they are 22. Once they reach that age, they can perform a year of vocational training, and then decide whether to join the army for a minimum of 16 months followed by annual reserve duty, or to perform a year of civilian service. After that point, they are legally free to join the work force.

The encampment is somewhat reminiscent of the protest tents set up over the summer across the country, with booths set up by different NGOs, activists milling around talking to journalists, and the occasional passing car honking its approval or disdain.


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