National-religious youth vow not to enlist in IDF

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January 17, 2012 22:30




A small rebellion has broken out in the heart of the national-religious world this week over the issue of women singing in the army. Up to 200 pre-army youth from several yeshivot have signed a petition in the past few days vowing not to enlist in the army until religious soldiers are exempted from army ceremonies in which women sing, according to one activist Tuesday.

The IDF General Staff issued a directive this month obligating all soldiers, religious or otherwise, to be present in all official army ceremonies even if they involve women singing, something generally prohibited by Jewish law.

The petition has been passed between several religious learning institutes during this week, including yeshivot with students who have deferred their army service for a number of years to study, some hesder yeshivot and yeshiva high-schools.


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