'Yerushalmi Faction' to resume protests

On leader's instruction, group to protest in J'lem streets today over arrest of 12 who failed to show up at enlistment offices.

Michal Levi ,

Jerusalem Faction protest in Jerusalem (archives)
Jerusalem Faction protest in Jerusalem (archives)
Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

After a period of relative calm over the past week, the Yerushalmi Faction returns today, Sunday, to protest the arrest of yeshiva students who refused to report to the army's mandatory initial enlistment hearing.

On the orders of their leader Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach, members of the Faction will protest the arrest of 12 young men who refused to report to enlistment offices. A demonstration will take place at 3:30pm at the intersection of Sarei Yisrael and Yafo Streets in Jerusalem.

A statement issued by the organizers of the demonstration explained their motives. "Following the resolute instruction of the Head of the Yeshiva, Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach, to protest for the honor of the Torah, which was severely undermined by the jailing of twelve prisoners from the Torah world for long periods of time, the haredi public went out to the streets of the city and protested last week, after which hundreds were arrested, and another 4 prisoners from the Torah world were transferred to army authorities,” the announcement said.

According to the organizers, Rabbi Auerbach spoke to them last night and emphasized at length: "the obligation to continue protesting and to go out into the streets of the city, as the draft decree violates all the principles of Judaism."

Every Israeli must register for the draft before the age of 18. Anyone who brings a letter from his yeshiva head is given an automatic deferment for as long as he remains in yeshiva. The Yerushalmi faction fears a change in that automatic deferment, due to the Supreme Court's rejection of the current draft law.