Haredi communities in Europe organized and staged a demonstration in Brussels
outside the EU headquarters on Monday, in protest against legislation making its
way through the Knesset to draft ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students.
buses carrying haredi men from the UK, France, Belgium and beyond arrived in
Brussels from around the continent for the demonstration, but exact numbers of
those participating in the protest could not be obtained.
Rabbi Betzalel Weisz,
dean of the Ahavat Torah yeshiva in Stamford Hill, north London, said it was
crucial for haredi Jewry in the Diaspora to provide vocal support for the
community in Israel and to encourage them not to back down in the face of
demands that haredi men enlist in the army.
“The aim of the army and the
Zionists is not defense but to undermine religion and detach haredim from the
religious observance,” said Weisz.