High Court: 'Tal Law' unconstitutional, can't be extended

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February 21, 2012 19:56

 
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The High Court of Justice ruled late Tuesday evening to accept a petition against the so-called 'Tal Law,' which postpones military service for yeshiva students.

In a majority ruling of six justices against three, the High Court determined that the law, whose full title is the 'Deferral of the Deferral of Service for Yeshiva Students for whom Torah is their Craft Law' is not constitutional, and therefore the Knesset cannot extend it in its present form when it expires on August 1st.

Government watchdog the Movement for Quality Government petitioned the High Court in 2007 against a Knesset vote that extended the law for five years.

Other petitioners include attorney Itay Ben-Horin from the Forum for Equality in the Burden of Military Service, who slammed the law as a "failure" in a Knesset discussion earlier this month between activists and politicians seeking to abolish the law.

The petitioners argued that the law does not work because it permits yeshiva students to avoid mandatory military service, and creates inequality by transferring the burden onto other groups in society.

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