The Hiddush organization has turned to Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz in the name of religious freedom, addressing haircuts in the IDF. Hiddush defends a soldiers right to maintain peyos and a beard if he so desires. The Hiddush appeal follows a number of recent complaints by frum soldiers who report IDF barbers cut off their peyos despite their objections.
Hiddush leader Uri Regev is calling for signs in IDF barber facilities similar to signs on buses instructing riders to reserve certain seats for the elderly and the disabled. Regev cites that the matter can no longer be brushed aside as an isolated incident for it has happened too many time and barbers in the military must be ordered to respect a soldier’s religious beliefs and rights. Regev points out that it is also a violation of military regulations, which demands honoring a soldier’s religious beliefs.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)