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Neturei Karta Campaign: Hareidi Soldiers Modern-Day Hellenists

Poster featuring hareidi soldiers depicted as Ancient Greeks, chasing hareidi children warns against 'Hellenists of today.'

Neturei Karta Campaign: Hareidi Soldiers Modern-Day Hellenists

Hareidi IDF Recruitment on the Rise

13.5% of soldiers hareidi, up from 8.5% in 2004 - but hareidi cities still contributed the fewest soldiers to the Army in 2014.

Hareidi IDF Recruitment on the Rise

MKs File Incitement Complaint Over Anti-IDF Poster

Legal action taken over hareidi-extremist poster portraying religious soldier as pig; MKs say campaigns constitute incitement to violence.

MKs File Incitement Complaint Over Anti-IDF Poster

State Defends Hareidi Draft Amid Legal Battle

Three petitions submitted to the High Court provoke firm state response: the draft law is here to stay.

State Defends Hareidi Draft Amid Legal Battle

Vizhnitzer Rebbe Tells Young Men to Ignore IDF Summons

The instructions signal a break from the longstanding hareidi policy, to report to recruitment offices.

Vizhnitzer Rebbe Tells Young Men to Ignore IDF Summons

'Quiet Deal' to Release Yeshiva Student for Seder

Sources close to Shas Chairman Deri say IDF has agreed to free yeshiva student whose arrest sparked rioting.

'Quiet Deal' to Release Yeshiva Student for Seder

Hundreds Protest Hareidi Draft Refuser's Arrest, 5 Arrested

The protesters are from the eida hareidit stream, which organized mass rallies in the past. Police arrest 5.

Hundreds Protest Hareidi Draft Refuser's Arrest, 5 Arrested

Hareidi Rabbi Seeks Lapid's Dead Grandfather to Defeat Draft Law

Leading hareidi rabbi sought help from beyond the grave for hareidi win in Beit Shemesh elections, and to defeat Enlistment Law.

Hareidi Rabbi Seeks Lapid's Dead Grandfather to Defeat Draft Law

Jewish Home MK Says He 'Put Holes' in Draft Law

MK Chetboun boasts of 'tricks' and 'games' that made law drafting hareidim 'completely different' from what was intended.

Jewish Home MK Says He 'Put Holes' in Draft Law

Hareidi Soldiers Say Other Hareidim Abuse Them

Hareidi soldiers are suffering assaults and abuse from members of their own communities. It's linked to the draft law, IDF officials say.

Hareidi Soldiers Say Other Hareidim Abuse Them

Rabbi Calls on Hareidi Community to Thank Jewish Home

Rabbi Ya'akov Medan, in Arutz Sheva interview, notes Jewish Home campaigned to protect hareidi sector, should not be incited against.

Rabbi Calls on Hareidi Community to Thank Jewish Home

'A Mandatory Draft is a Waste'

Israeli Freedom Movement leader Boaz Arad speaks to Arutz Sheva about the draft - and why he believes it should be abolished for everyone.

'A Mandatory Draft is a Waste'

Gantz: IDF Soldiers Can Live Full Religious Lifestyles

IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz visits with troops of the Nachal Hareidi, while hareidi groups demonstrate in Jerusalem.

Gantz: IDF Soldiers Can Live Full Religious Lifestyles

Opposition Leader Says Hareidi Enlistment Being Mishandled

Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog criticizes aggressive implementation of hareidi draft law, says more dialogue necessary.

Opposition Leader Says Hareidi Enlistment Being Mishandled

Bereaved Mother: Don't Insult My Son By Participating in Protest

Hagit Rein, mother of IDF soldier Benaya Rein H”yd, said that religious Zionists had no place in the mass hareidi rally against the draft

Bereaved Mother: Don't Insult My Son By Participating in Protest

Jerusalem Gearing Up for 'Million Man March'

Police, Magen David Adom, Hatzalah prepare for 'million man march' against draft. Public transport to come to a halt.

Jerusalem Gearing Up for 'Million Man March'

Association of Community Rabbis Skips March Over Incitement

Group headed by Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu cancels plans to attend until Yated Ne'eman retracts incitement against Religious Zionist leader.

Association of Community Rabbis Skips March Over Incitement

Prayer Rally or Demonstration of Hate?

While official organizers of today's 'million man march' claim it's a prayer rally, hareidi newspaper headline shows otherwise.

Prayer Rally or Demonstration of Hate?

Religious Zionist Leader 'Shocked and Outraged' by Hareidi Rally

Another respected Religious Zionist joins the chorus of calls against the hareidi rally Sunday.

Religious Zionist Leader 'Shocked and Outraged' by Hareidi Rally

'We Are a Lighthouse in a Very Turbulent Storm'

Economics Minister Naftali Bennett rejects EU boycotts, the idea of land for peace, and complaints against the hareidi draft.

'We Are a Lighthouse in a Very Turbulent Storm'

Hareidi Soldier Excels in Officers' Course

Nahal Hareidi soldier receives excellence award in officers' course, adding to the unit's long list of successes.

Hareidi Soldier Excels in Officers' Course

'Threats on My Life Don't Scare Me'

Yair Lapid issues statement on death threats, stresses that disagreements with the hareidi community are 'between brothers,' 'out of love.'

'Threats on My Life Don't Scare Me'

Deal Between Likud and Yesh Atid

Netanyahu supported criminal sanctions on hareidi evaders of army service in exchange for the appointment of MK Hanegbi to key committee.

Deal Between Likud and Yesh Atid

Anti-Draft Groups Show Lapid and Bennett as Talmud-Burning Nazis

A mock-up photo of Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid dressed up as Nazi officers and burning the Talmud was distributed on social networks

Anti-Draft Groups Show Lapid and Bennett as Talmud-Burning Nazis

Shaked Committee Debates: Who is a Hareidi Jew?

Can the State determine a person's religiosity? MKs grapple with the issue.

Shaked Committee Debates: Who is a Hareidi Jew?

Netanyahu Stresses Unity, Action Against Iran in Cabinet Meeting

Prime Minister opens his weekly cabinet meeting stressing unity - both of the Jewish people at home, and of the West against Iran.

Netanyahu Stresses Unity, Action Against Iran in Cabinet Meeting

'We Will Fight Until the Death'

Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach declares intense opposition to hareidi draft law at anti-draft rally, encourages followers 'not to surrender.'

'We Will Fight Until the Death'

'No Hareidi Draft Dodger is Going to Jail'

Former IDF Chief Rabbi Avihai Rontzki insists that enacting criminal sanctions for hareidi draft-dodgers is a mere formality.

'No Hareidi Draft Dodger is Going to Jail'

MK Shelah: Ben Gurion Made a Big Mistake Exempting Hareidim

Imposing criminal sanctions on hareidi draft dodgers will help 'correct a historical mistake,' says Yesh Atid MK Ofer Shelah.

MK Shelah: Ben Gurion Made a Big Mistake Exempting Hareidim

Pro-Enlistment Group Says Current Measures Don't Go Far Enough

Lapid criticized for 'misleading' Israelis into believing that the 'equal service' issue had been resolved; 50,000 hareidim 'still exempt'.

Pro-Enlistment Group Says Current Measures Don't Go Far Enough

Chief Rabbis Show Their Support for Hesder Yeshivas

Chief Rabbis Yitzchak Yosef and David Lau this week visited various Hesder yeshivas showing their support for a much maligned institution

Chief Rabbis Show Their Support for Hesder Yeshivas

'Netanyahu Deceived Us'

Hareidi MK spits fire at the Prime Minister over criminal sanctions enactment in interview to Arutz Sheva.

'Netanyahu Deceived Us'

'They Insult Our Rabbis, and We Remain Silent'

Jewish Home MK blasts hareidi Knesset MKs over 'ingratitude' to Jewish Home, Religious Zionist community.

'They Insult Our Rabbis, and We Remain Silent'

Criminal Sanctions for Hareidi Draft-Dodgers - After 6 Months

The Shaked Committee reaches a compromise on hareidi draft-dodgers.

Criminal Sanctions for Hareidi Draft-Dodgers - After 6 Months

Shas Quits Shaked Committee Over Criminal Sanctions

Shas resigns from the committee working on the new draft law, cites disagreements regarding sanctions on hareidi draft evaders.

Shas Quits Shaked Committee Over Criminal Sanctions

MK Lipman Urges Criminal Sanctions for Hareidi Draft-Dodging

MK Dov Lipman supports criminal sanctions for hareidi draft-dodgers, asks: why should they be different from anyone else?

MK Lipman Urges Criminal Sanctions for Hareidi Draft-Dodging

MK Shelah: Only We Had the Guts to Propose Service Cut

Yesh Atid MK Ofer Shelah praises the IDF's decision to cut army service from 36 to 32 months.

MK Shelah: Only We Had the Guts to Propose Service Cut

MK Lipman: Draft Law Will Unify the Nation

MK Dov Lipman discussed the new law on equitable IDF service with soldiers, and came away very optimistic.

MK Lipman: Draft Law Will Unify the Nation

MK Stern: We Hope Hareidim Will Live Up to Their Obligations

MK Elazar Stern says discussions about 'sanctions' by MKs dealing with drafting hareidi youth are unnecessary.

MK Stern: We Hope Hareidim Will Live Up to Their Obligations

Zionist, Hareidi Yeshivas Join Forces to Fight Funding Cuts

Associations for Yeshivas across the religious spectrum join to petition High Court to cancel funding cuts for Torah study.

Zionist, Hareidi Yeshivas Join Forces to Fight Funding Cuts

Legal Expert: Draft Law 'Shameful, Scandalous' - and Ineffective

Attorney Yoram Sheftel slams the Equal Burden Law calling for hareidi draft, claims it will encourage more men to dodge the draft.

Legal Expert: Draft Law 'Shameful, Scandalous' - and Ineffective

IDF to Cut 40% of Non-Army Personnel

Move to affect non-IDF military personnel, such as police, Mossad, and the Shin Bet. Hareidim may replace lost manpower.

IDF to Cut 40% of Non-Army Personnel

MK Calls on IDF To Be Gentle With Yeshiva Student Arrests

In light of protests over draft-dodging arrest, MK David Azoulay calls for IDF to proceed with caution in dealing with yeshiva students.

MK Calls on IDF To Be Gentle With Yeshiva Student Arrests

Hundreds of Hareidi Israelis Protest For Release of Draft-Dodger

Hundreds demonstrate outside of Prison 6, where yeshiva student is being held for dodging draft; Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach in attendance.

Hundreds of Hareidi Israelis Protest For Release of Draft-Dodger

Gantz: A Hareidi Soldier in IDF Will Leave IDF Hareidi

In Shaked Committee meeting, IDF Chief of Staff states 'The IDF does not see the hareidi-religious community as an enemy.'

Gantz: A Hareidi Soldier in IDF Will Leave IDF Hareidi

Report: Draft-Dodging Sanctions to Be Economic, Not Criminal

New draft law for hareidi-religious sector set to impose economic sanctions - not criminal punishment - against draft-dodgers.

Report: Draft-Dodging Sanctions to Be Economic, Not Criminal

Bennett Presents Plan to Recruit Hareidi Emergency Personnel

Economics Minister Naftali Bennett wants to see tens of thousands of hareidi Israelis help out during national emergencies.

Bennett Presents Plan to Recruit Hareidi Emergency Personnel

IDF Official: Hareidi Tactics Against Soldiers Have 'Nazi Tinge'

The IDF's head of planning and personnel said that attacks by hareidi groups against hareidi soldiers had a "Nazi tinge" to them.

IDF Official: Hareidi Tactics Against Soldiers Have 'Nazi Tinge'

Hareidi MK: If Govt. Forces Enlistment, Israel Won’t be Our Home

Hareidi MK: If Torah students are forced to enlist, ‘We will tell the world this isn’t the place for Torah observant Jews.’

Hareidi MK: If Govt. Forces Enlistment, Israel Won’t be Our Home

Lapid to Hareidi Men: We Need You

Lapid tells hareidi men, ‘If Iran gets a nuclear bomb, it’s happening to you, too.’

Lapid to Hareidi Men: We Need You

R. Yosef: G-d Will 'Thwart' Hareidi Draft Plan

Shas spiritual advisor and former Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef condemned the government for preparing to draft hareidi students

R. Yosef: G-d Will 'Thwart' Hareidi Draft Plan

Bennett Threatened: 'You'll End Up Like Ariel Sharon'

Economics Minister Naftali Bennett recently received a threatening letter, apparently because of his plan to draft hareidi students

Bennett Threatened: 'You'll End Up Like Ariel Sharon'

Labor Candidate: Don’t Enlist Hareidim

Left-wing newcomer surprises by opposing drive to recruit hareidi men. ‘It’s too late.’

Labor Candidate: Don’t Enlist Hareidim

Govt: Hareidi Men's Enrollment in Nat'l Service a Positive Move

Govt. officials praised a decision to admit 1,300 young hareidi men to the National Service program, while critics slammed the decision.

Govt: Hareidi Men's Enrollment in Nat'l Service a Positive Move