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Israel to draft ultra-Orthodox Jews into military service

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun26,2024

In Israel, ultra-Orthodox Jews will be drafted into the army


On Tuesday, June 25, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that citizens with ultra-Orthodox religious views should be conscripted into the army.

This was a historic decision for a country where members of the Jewish communities were completely exempt from military service, in while secular citizens, including women, have such an obligation.

As reported by the Associated Press, such a policy was interpreted by the majority of the Israeli population as discriminatory.

In 2017, an Israeli court repealed the law codifying exceptions for service in the IDF.

The supreme judges thus ruled that, in the absence of a law, compulsory military service in Israel applies to the ultra-Orthodox as to any other citizen.

Now ultra-Orthodox and Hasidim are subject to military conscription on the same basis as men and women, who serve for three and two years, respectively, and also serve in reserve service until approximately 40 years of age.

Prepared by: Sergey Daga

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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