Ultra-Orthodox IDF Recruits Subject to Increasing Harassment.
By Israel Hayom
The number of police complaints about harassment of ultra-Orthodox youths who opt to enlist in the Israel Defense Forces has risen worryingly since the start of the year, a senior IDF official said.
There is a sense of increasing hostility toward Haredi recruits in their own community, Brig. Gen. Eran Shani of the IDF Personnel Directorate told a special meeting of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee's Subcommittee on IDF Personnel devoted to the issue. He said that since January, the police have received about 30 complaints of targeted attacks on Haredi soldiers. In comparison, a total of 113 such investigations were opened for the three years 2014 to 2016.
Two Haredi soldiers took part in Tuesday's meeting to share their experiences. "Young Haredi guys chased after me on the street and yelled, 'You're a Nazi,' and I'm asking, where are the police?" one said.
The second young man, a reservist, said, "We appear in the pamphlet 'The Hunters' [a list of names inciting violence against Haredim who join the army]. They took pictures of us and spread them around. We're being persecuted."