Haredi demonstrators clash with mounted officer in Bnei Brak
Haredi demonstrators clash with mounted officer in Bnei Brak Yossi Zeliger/Flash90

Haredi anti-draft activists are planning a new series of road-blocking demonstrations Monday to protest the detention of a yeshiva student arrested last week for draft-dodging.

Last week, authorities arrested Meir Bordiansky, after he failed to appear at an IDF draft board office.

In response to the arrest, the Committee for Saving the World of Torah, which is affiliated with the Yerushalmi Faction, organized as a mass protest in Jerusalem, shutting down roads near the Central Bus Station and entrance to the city.

The Yerushalmi Faction, founded by the late Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach, has demanded the IDF issue blanket exemptions to all haredi men, and has rejected the present system, under which full-time yeshiva students are granted draft deferments, renewable each year.

The Faction, which has been criticized by mainstream haredi leaders including Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, has orchestrated a series of protests and road-blocking demonstrations nationwide in recent years, and called on followers not to cooperate with draft board authorities – even for the purposes of obtaining draft deferrals.

On Monday, The Committee for Saving the World of Torah announced a new demonstration to protest the ongoing detention of Meir Bordiansky, this time targeting the predominantly haredi city of Bnei Brak.

According to a statement released by the Committee, the demonstration will begin at 4:00 p.m.

“The decision to continue the struggle was based on the clear orders of the Council of Torah Sages, who instructed us to continue the fight against the draft decree with all of our strength.”

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