As the arrests of talmidei yeshivos are underway, albeit in small numbers, the head of the Association for the Welfare of Torani Soldiers has sent a letter to the Office of the State Comptroller citing issues pertaining to the incarceration of chareidim.
Eliyahu Lacks sent a letter to State Comptroller Justice Yosef Shapira in which he explains IDF Prison 6, where the talmidim are being held is not appropriate for a chareidi prisoner. Lacks is seeking the establishment of a monitoring committee to oversee the treatment of chareidim that are inducted into the military as well as those who refuse to serve and are sent to jail.
Maariv reports that in his letter Lacks addresses the inequality when it comes to religious soldiers as compared to their non religious counterparts. He feels their most basic individual rights are being ignored and violated. He explains that in the civilian prison system “there is equality” towards accommodating religious prisoners, a Torani Wing has been established for these prisoners. Such a reality is lacking in the IDF prison system.
Lacks cites the ever present odor from lavatories prohibits davening as one should. Other issues raised in the letter include the lack of modesty in military prison along with problems surrounding the kashrus of the meals, the presence of television the total lack of modesty in the shower facilities.
The State Comptroller’s Office responds, explaining it will study and probe the allegations and only then will a response be forthcoming.
Maariv adds the Office of the IDF Spokesman states it has probed the issues raised in the letter and they have been found to lack any basis in fact and that any issue that is raised is addressed by officers and personnel in the military police. The response concludes that representatives of the IDF Rabbinate are constantly conducting inspection in the prison system as well.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)