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The State Comptroller's 2017 report: a searing indictment

The State Comptroller's 2017 report: a searing indictment

Israel’s 39-chapter annual state Comptroller report, published on Tuesday, May 16, was nothing less than a blistering indictment of the unholy alliance of religion & state in Israel, providing multiple examples of criminality, corruption, and discrimination conducted by government officials in the arena of religion & state.


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76% of Israeli Jews oppose new conscription law

76% of Israeli Jews oppose new conscription law

Israel’s politicians have deliberately chosen to pursue legislation which is not only immoral but also unconstitutional, having been struck out twice already by the Supreme Court. The question, though, is how long it will take the Supreme Court to rule that this most recent amendment is illegal as well. Our politicians may be counting on this very fact: the wheels of justice grind slowly…

Haredi MK Yaakov Litzman bails draft evading yeshiva student out of jail

Haredi MK Yaakov Litzman bails draft evading yeshiva student out of jail

"Get out of jail free" is no longer a tactic limited to the Monopoly board, but now a method employed ultra-Orthodox rabbis and politicians to release yeshiva students arrested for draft evasion.

Is Tel Aviv still known for its draft-dodgers? It's worth a re-examination

Is Tel Aviv still known for its draft-dodgers? It's worth a re-examination

Once known for its allegedly low enlistment rates, Tel Aviv high school graduates have one of the highest IDF draft levels in Israel.

Shahar Ilan's op-ed on the ultra-Orthodox draft: A choice between equality and justice

Shahar Ilan's op-ed on the ultra-Orthodox draft: A choice between equality and justice

Will the Equality in Sharing the Burden Law achieve the goal stated by its very name? Hiddush VP Shahar Ilan discusses the development of one Israel's hottest political issues and the need for smart solutions in enforcing the law.

Hiddush's Supreme Court petition stops illegal funding to ultra-Orthodox draft dodgers

Hiddush's Supreme Court petition stops illegal funding to ultra-Orthodox draft dodgers

Hiddush's petition to the Supreme Court resulted in the landmark decision to freeze funding to yeshiva students who do not draft into the army. This is a necessary step to achieving equality in sharing the burden between all sectors of Israeli society.

Hiddush VP testifies: No partner in ultra-Orthodox leadership

Hiddush VP testifies: No partner in ultra-Orthodox leadership

Hiddush Vice President Shahar Ilan testified last week before the Plesner Committee on Equal Sharing of Civic Burdens. “Anyone who thinks there is a respected ultra-Orthodox authority who is ready to encourage yeshiva students to serve should suggest him. Even Rav Shteinman, presented as a moderate, leads the fight against compulsory service."

Lapid announces hollow plan to integrate ultra-Orthodox

Lapid announces hollow plan to integrate ultra-Orthodox

Yair Lapid proposes a five year exemption of yeshiva students. Hiddush President Uri Regev warns: "This would be the end of the People's army"

Did The Global Jewish Forum on Haredim Face the Facts?

Did The Global Jewish Forum on Haredim Face the Facts?

The Jewish Agency and Makom opened the conversation on the impact of ultra-Orthodoxy on Israel and on the Jewish People as a whole, but did they give their participants a full picture?

82% of Israeli Jews support a law of mandatory conscription for yeshiva students

82% of Israeli Jews support a law of mandatory conscription for yeshiva students

68% of Israeli Jews support denying subsidies to those who don’t serve in the army, 69% support the Supreme Court decision to invalidate the Tal Law*, and 82% support passing a law that would force most yeshiva students to enlist.

Hiddush commends Supreme Court ruling on Tal Law

Hiddush commends Supreme Court ruling on Tal Law

Today’s historic Supreme Court ruling, by a majority of 6:3, voided the “Tal Law” and said mass exemption of Yeshiva students from military service must be stopped

15,000% Growth in army exemptions for yeshiva students since 1948

15,000% Growth in army exemptions for yeshiva students since 1948

Number of current yeshiva students receiving deferments estimated at 58,000. Hiddush President Adv. Rabbi Uri Regev: “Any extension of the Tal Law does a huge disservice to the proud concept of the Peoples’ Army. The public will not tolerate continued discrimination in favor of the ultra-Orthodox; any extension will see great consequences in the next election.”

Say no to unfair housing subsidies!

Say no to unfair housing subsidies!

Hiddush Petition against suggested guidelines for affordable housing that blatantly favor ultra-Orthodox applicants

Picture of Maj. Gen. Orna Babibay erased from ultra-Orthodox paper

Picture of Maj. Gen. Orna Babibay erased from ultra-Orthodox paper

The face of the head of Human Resources for the IDF was completely erased, while her body remained on a Knesset panel discussion the Tal Law.

Rabbi Regev says: Torpedo Netanyahu’s extension to the Tal Law

Rabbi Regev says: Torpedo Netanyahu’s extension to the Tal Law

The Tal Law, which intended to provide ultra-Orthodox men a means to fulfill military or civil service, has been called “a miserable farce” by MK Nitzan Horowitz. Rabbi Regev says “Any extension in the law beyond a year will be rewarding the law’s failure and encourage draft dodging.”

Israeli teens speak out against draft evasion

Israeli teens speak out against draft evasion

In a recent Facebook group, over 2000 high school seniors have signed a letter condemning governmental policy that exempts ultra-Orthodox from the draft, and demand change

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