What appears to be a growing anti-chareidi sentiment in the IDF is continuing as there is a sharp increase in the number of regulations and directives aimed at those seeking to maintaining a frum lifestyle in the IDF.
There has been a sharp increase in the number of religious soldiers instructed to remove their beards and in some cases, commanders are making this contingent on remaining in one’s unit and the quality of one’s military service for failing to comply with an order will result in one being charged with insubordination.
Arutz-7 reports of one chareidi recruit, whose family report was instructed prior to the beginning of basic training to shave his beard. The soldier, 19, a scion of a chassidus court, on Wednesday 20 Menachem Av was thrown off the bus heading for basic training. He was instructed to shave or present authorization from the IDF permitting him to maintain a beard for religious reasons.
The family contacted askanim and in a few hours learned that instead of assigning him to a chareidi unit, he was sent to a regular unit. He now has authorization for the beard.
Unfortunately, for the young soldiers in the field facing commanders, the situation is frightening at best and at times, embarrassing or worse. In the meantime, IDF commanders insist they hope to continue increasing the annual quote for chareidi inductees, insisting the IDF can and does
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)