During the late hours of Wednesday night, police transferred the nine Peleg-affiliated talmidim wanted by the IDF for desertion (failing to report for military service). The nine were arrested during stormy protests that took place hours earlier in Jerusalem. The nine were turned over to military police and are expected to stand trial for desertion in a military court.
The transfer took hours as many demonstrators tried to prevent it from occurring, blocking the courtyard of the Russian Compound police detention center in downtown Jerusalem. Dozens of Yassam commando police were brought in to forcibly evict hundreds of protesters, making six arrests.
This brings the number of deserters in detention to 11, together with two yeshiva students who were arrested Sunday night at a police roadblock on Route 90 near the Dead Sea.
The Committee for the Preservation of the World of Torah, the Jerusalem-based body responsible for organizing the demonstrations, issued a statement during the night: “In an irresponsible decision, the Jerusalem police transferred nine yeshiva students to the military police in the past few minutes in addition to two talmidim sentenced to 20 days in military prison for Torah study.”
“The masses of the Beis Israel set out for a Day of Rage throughout the country and in the areas published in advance, in order to protest and protest against the authorities’ abuse of yeshiva students,” the committee announced.
The organizers of the demonstrations promised to “remain steadfast in the face of attempts by the authorities to exhaust them and try their strength.”
The locations of the planned demonstrations for Thursday, 29 Tishrei:
• Shilat Junction near Modi’in Illit at 7:30am
• Jerusalem: Sarei Yisrael Street corner of Yafo at 2:30pm
• Bnei Brak: 2:30 to 7:00pm
• Beit Shemesh: Sderot Yehuda HaNasi from 2:30pm to 7:30pm
• Elad: At the entrance to the city at 2:00pm
• Ashdod: From 2:30pm to 5:00pm
• Tzefas: From 4:00pm o 7:00pm
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)