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Emmanuel parents for choosing ‘Torah way'
The High Court of Justice exempted on Tuesday afternoon 13 of the Emmanuel mothers from the two-week prison term it had ruled upon them, but at the same time upheld its decision regarding nine of the mothers, who will still have to serve the time, but only after their husbands are released.
The names of the mothers in question, who were originally sentenced to prison time beginning Thursday, were being witheld by the court, due to the personal nature of the their requests. Nearly all of the 35 fathers sentenced last Tuesday are currently serving their prison time.
In its decision, the court noted that its ruling followed the
recommendations of the Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein, the National
Council for the Child and the welfare services - all of whom recommended
against having two parents imprisoned at the same time.
Most of the women in question showed up for the hearing that was held
earlier that day and closed to the general public, and seemed encouraged
upon exiting the courtroom.
“The court gave us the impression it would take into account the
mothers' requests and waive the imprisonment, a stance backed by the
professional welfare factors and even the petitioners,” Mordechai Green,
the attorney representing the Emmanuel parents, said immediately after
the hearing, hours before receiving the ruling.
Yoav Laloum, who along with his Noar Kahalacha NGO filed the petition
against the parents for holding the court in contempt by not returning
their daughters to the Beit Ya'acov school once the separation walls
were removed, had with his attorney Dr. Aviad Hacohen on Friday
requested of the court to release the imprisoned fathers and not
incarcerate the mothers, since that measure proved inefficient in
enforcing the court ruling.
The court also acquiesced to the request of two fathers to postpone
their imprisonment, and ruled that they will begin serving their time on
July 4. The wife of one of these fathers, Yehuda Fuksman, gave birth to
their 12th child on Thursday.
“The court's decision to postpone the mothers' imprisonment reflects the
goodwill on all sides, to refrain from punishing the parents and prefer
the willful fulfillment of the verdict,” Hacohen said following the
ruling. “Noar Kahalacha is distressed over the parents' ongoing refusal
that their daughters learn with their erstwhile peers, even for a few
days, in a school with a body of regulations set by the Independent
Education Center, which acts under the guidance of G'dolei Israel
[leading haredi rabbis]. These regulations are accepted by all factors
involved – including the Education Ministry, the petitioners and the
local authority – except for the parents.”
“At the same time,” Hacohen continued, “Noar Kahalacha calls to form a
committee of rabbis, that will act decisively to eradicate all
discriminatory phenomena in the haredi education.”
MK Menahem Eliezer Mozes, UTJ faction leader, slammed the court's
decision, which is “a trauma to the children” and shows “hardheartedness
that has yet to be seen.”
“Throwing mothers to children behind bars because of their religious
principles is overdone and disproportionate punishment. Where are the
women groups? What happened with the National Council for the Child?,”
The court will hold another hearing on the whole affair on Sunday, which
will debate the ways to deal with the parents ongoing refusal to follow
the court's order. The hearing will be closed to the public due to the
commotion that broke out in the courtroom after last Tuesday's session,
when hassidim broke out in prayer, song and even dance.
Meanwhile on Tuesday, Prof. Mordechai
Ravid, director-general of the Maayanei Hayeshuva Hospital in Bnei
Brak, denied reports in Ynet and other media claiming that "his medical
believe" a woman from Emmanuel miscarried her fetus overnight
Monday because of anxiety after her husband was jailed along with
other fathers, for holding the court in contempt.
it¹s impossible to know what causes a miscarriage at any stage,
including the 13th (out of 40th) week of pregnancy, which was the
case of the woman. "Miscarriage can happen as a result of many
reasons," he said. The woman felt unwell at home and was taken
to the Bnei Brak hospital, which has a largely haredi clientele. As
only Ravid comments on controversial issues, he said he doubted that
Ynet journalists spoke to a staffer whe made such a false statement and
without permission. "I was not asked about it," the