MAN CELEBRATES with soldiers from the Kfir Brigade 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
The Kibbutz Movement is undertaking a protection program for haredi soldiers
needing to enter the ultra-Orthodox – and increasingly radical – Jerusalem
neighborhood of Mea Shearim, the group announced on Wednesday.
have been at least three incidents of physical attack or attempted physical
attack on religious uniformed soldiers walking through the neighborhood in the
past two weeks and the new initiative is a response to this problem.
Marshak of the Kibbutz Movement’s Projects Division said on Tuesday that any
male volunteers wishing to make themselves available to meet with haredi
soldiers on Thursdays and Fridays at the edge of the neighborhood would be
Any passing haredi soldier will then be able to avail himself
of the services of the Kibbutz volunteers, several of whom will accompany him
either in a vehicle or on foot to his destination.
circumstances arise, the volunteers will alert the police, Marshak said in a
He added that the escorts will not be armed and that city
authorities and the security services are already aware of the
The escort service will be available from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on
Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays, and will be provided from the
junction of Sarei Yisrael Street and Rashi Street.
Marshak has called for
as many volunteers as possible and said on Wednesday that 15 volunteers had
already signed up.
“In every place where a soldier feels like he is
threatened we’ll be there to help him,” said Marshak.
“We love and
embrace those who are participating in the security of the state and so we have
decided to help provide security for those who need it themselves.”