Soldiers in the Kfir Brigade, which is also home to Nachal Chareidi soldiers on Tuesday 3 Elul 5772 sent a letter of complaint to IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz, citing Nachal Chareidi soldiers receive more benefits than other units in the brigade and the discriminatory practice is unacceptable. Other units operating in Kfir include Duchifat, Shimshon and Charuv.
Walla News reports that the Kfir soldiers complained that Nachal Chareidi (Netzach Yehuda) soldiers receive a $5,000 grant from a donor in the USA, funds earmarked for chareidi soldiers in the brigade, citing commanders are aware of this.
The soldiers point out the other soldiers did not receive this and they are the subject of discrimination for the married Nachal Chareidi soldiers receive $3,000 to purchase furniture and $2,000 for to purchase other needs for their homes. The funds are passed directly to soldiers without passing through official channels of the IDF Personnel Branch or LIBI. They allege that officers and visiting rabbonim assist in the fundraising.
YWN-ISRAEL points out that other units, such as paratroopers have “friends of” organizations in Israel and abroad which supply equipment, watches, bags and much more, usually from successful former paratroopers who wish to assist the young soldiers in the field today. When Gabi Ashkenazi was deputy chief of staff he enlisted funds from benefactors willing to assist poor soldiers to buy TVs, videos, refrigerators and other appliances to assist their families. These actions were correctly met with praise but here, because the recipients are chareidi combat soldiers, it elicits the ire of those who cannot tolerate seeking chareidim benefit.
It appears that these disgruntled soldiers have opted to get onto the increasingly popular anti chareidi bandwagon that enjoys growing momentum in Eretz Yisrael since these soldiers are certainly aware of the fact many units benefit from the generosity of benefactors around the world Baruch Hashem.
The IDF Spokesperson’s Office confirms IDF units are not permitted to accept gifts directly and the letter will be forwarded to proper channels to be addressed.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)