Police have arrested a psychiatrist, a Jerusalem resident, who allegedly provided chareidim seeking to avoid military service a medical opinion stating they are not mentally competent to serve. The doctor was released by a court on bail and restrictions while the investigation continues against her.
The story began after police arrested the well-known psychiatrist from the Beit HaKerem area after receiving a complaint, which led to learning over the years she sold chareidim medical documentation attesting to their inability to serve, permitting them to obtain a psychiatric discharge. According to a Channel 10 report, chareidim can buy the expert medical opinion for 600 NIS. Police are now questioning chareidim as the investigation moves forward.
According to one askan who works to get draft deferments for chareidim quoted by Kikar Shabbat, “We wondered why police did not arrest her a long time ago. She is known to everyone and has probably already assisted 5,000 talmidei yeshiva.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)