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Peggy Cidor’s round-up of city affairs
As Haredim continue to defy legal rulings against modesty signs, many have begun to see Beit Shemesh as ‘the canary in the coal mine’ of Israel’s complicated secular-religious conflict.
Strong election showing of Shas and United Torah Judaism will lend the haredi parties heavy political clout in their demands for a High Court override bill and mass haredi exemptions from the army.
It has been formulated by the United Torah Judaism and Shas, and several MKs from these parties, as well as Bayit Yehudi MK Betzalel Smotrich, have co-sponsored the legislation.
By LAHAV HARKOV,JEREMY SHARON
Extremist Jerusalem Faction group headed by Auerbach now appears bereft of any leader and appears set to lose influence.
By JEREMY SHARON
If – and it’s a big if – there’s an election soon, the coalition will want to have at least some recent accomplishments to bring to the voters, or at least to show they really tried.
By LAHAV HARKOV
There is a record low in the poverty rate for the Haredi sector, having diminished from 58% in 2005, reflecting increased integration of Haredi men and women into the work force in recent years.
"Leaving the community is hard. It's a drastic step. All your life you're in black and white."
By EYTAN HALON
The demonstrators threw stones, eggs, and other items at the police as they tried to control the demonstrations and remove protestors from the roads.
The protesters blocked traffic near the central bus station and the light rail.
Police have employed skunk water and other physical methods to disperse the crowds and have arrested at least 25 men so far.
The Jaffa Military Court sentenced 11 yeshiva students who failed to undertake the necessary bureaucratic process required to obtain an IDF service exemption to sentences of up to 90 days in prison.
Yeshivas and yeshiva deans associated with the Jerusalem Faction have however instructed their students not to present themselves at IDF enlistment offices.
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