IDF military police have arrested a married chareidi woman, a member of the Chabad community. The woman, ‘D’, 20, who was married a month ago, was placed in Prison 4 on Monday, 9 Elul 5772 after it was determined that she had not served in the military.
The woman and her husband are planning to travel to Crown Heights for Rosh Hashanah, wishing to spend yomtov in 770. She already obtained a visa from the American Embassy and she wished to find out if there is a problem with her trying to leave the country.
When she was younger, draft age, she neglected to take care of the paperwork, to declare she is frum. As a result, she is listed as AWOL from the IDF. Now that she is married and wishes to leave the country she wanted to make certain she is not barred from leaving as a result of not addressing her IDF status. It is not uncommon for authorities to prevent one from leaving the country if one is AWOL from the military.
‘D’ was confident that the matter was just one of paperwork as today; she is 20 and married so the issue of IDF service is not relevant. Military police had a different view and she was imprisoned immediately. As of Tuesday night, the eve of 11 Elul she was still in military prison. ‘D’ is on a hunger strike.
‘D’ was brought before a military judge who ordered she remain in prison until Thursday, 12 Elul, at which time her case would be reevaluated.
Kiryat Malachi Deputy Mayor R’ Chaim Steiner, who is working to have the young woman released, explains she neglected to take care of the IDF matter when she should of and they decided to lock her up now as a result. “They wanted to remand her for two weeks but I managed to prevent his” he explained.
According to a Chabad Online report, MKs Uri Maklev (Yahadut HaTorah) and Dr. Michael Ben-Ari (Ichud HaLeumi) sent a strongly worded letter to Defense Minister Ehud Barak citing the outrage of arresting a married chareidi woman, the total disregard for the most minimum standards of tznius.
The MKs explain that when she was younger she did not take care of businesses but now she came to do just that. Instead of dealing with the situation she was arrested and imprisoned without having an opportunity to explain.
“To the best of our understanding, and with the criticism we have on ‘D’, what was done is unacceptable. It is hard to be persuaded as to what exactly was the urgency to imprison her when it is realized she cam voluntarily to put affairs in order. Wouldn’t it have been sufficient to summon her for a hearing? “The arrest of a married chareidi woman is perceived by the public as seriously compromising accepted norms of modesty. We turn to you and ask for your intervention towards her immediate release. There can be no doubt that she will present herself at whatever legal proceeding takes place. There the arguments can be heard and if there is a punishment, it must be one that does not compromise the norms of modesty” the MKs wrote.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)