Thousands of people protested peacefully in Yerushalayim and other parts of the country against the arrest of a yeshivah student from Ashdod for failing to report for army induction.
The student was sentenced to 10 days in jail for the crime of what the court termed desertion.
He was detained shortly after Purim during a routine police sweep in his home town of Elad. When his personal data was checked, police discovered that he had not reported as ordered to the army recruitment center, and they arrested him. The judge sent him to Prison 6 in Atlit, near Netanya.
In response, the boy’s parents said that “we have no complaints against the military. The are acting according to orders. Our complaint is against the politicians from the secular and other parties, and the national leadership who think, that Torah study is unnecessary.”
Approximately 2,000 people gathered at the entrance to Yerushalayim, near the String Bridge; about 1,000 demonstrated on Kahaneman Street in Bnei Brak, and hundreds were at the southern entrace to Ashdod. In addition, dozens of protesters arrived at the prison in Atlit to express their pain and anguish over the jailing of the young bachur.