Agudas Yisrael leaders and askanim are busying themselves with preparations for Thursday’s (June 17th) prison march, the escort for the Emanuel Beis Yaakov parents that will take place simultaneously in Bnei Brak and Yerushalayim. The following information is accurate at 4:30pm Israel time, but as meetings continue changes are to be expected.
Gedolei Torah Shlita are quoted in pashkavilim seen in chareidi communities in Yerushalayim and Bnei Brak as endorsing the marches, and some sources are already stating with confidence that Maran Rosh Yeshiva, R’ Shteinman Shlita will be present in Bnei Brak.
The Bnei Brak prison march will get underway at 1:30pm from Rav Landau Street at the corner of Chazon Ish Street. All community rabbonim in Bnei Brak are expected to be present organizers report. Degel HaTorah official Avraham Rubinstein is playing a major role in arranging the event. From R’ Landau the procession will head to Nechemia Street, Ben Yaakov, and Ben Dovid, where parents will enter vehicles to be driven to Yerushalayim to join the march there.
Meetings are underway in Bnei Brak at this time for what may be an extremely large and emotional event, predicting “tens of thousands” and the police permits have already been granted.
Tonight at 9:00pm, the Slonimer Rebbe Shlita will deliver words of chizuk to his tzibur in Emanuel, particularly the parents heading for prison tomorrow, Thursday. There may also be other events Wednesday night, to be announced if and when they are finalized.
In Yerushalayim, the event is expected to begin at 1:30pm, but officials are still awaiting police approval. It will begin on Shamgar Street, heading to Yirmiyahu, Bar Ilan and the Russian Compound detention center. It remains unclear if talmidei torah will take part, but rabbonim are calling on the greater adult tzibur to attend.
In the meantime, the Agudah office on Press Street is abuzz, as Deputy Minister Meir Porush is engaged in endless meetings and phone calls surrounding the High Court jail sentence for the Emanuel Beis Yaakov parents. The command center at that location is being manned by Zaka founder/director Yehuda Meshi-Zahav, who as the former Eida Chareidit operations officer has a wealth of experience in these matters.
Organizers are presently predicting in excess of 50,000 people taking part in the prison marches.
Some of the possibilities being discussed include a major tent set up for shabbos outside Beersheva Prison, where the Slonimer Rebbe and chassidim will spend shabbos in solidarity with the parents.
According to some of the notices being circulated, Maran Rav Elyashiv Shlita is calling for protests in Europe and the United States too.
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(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)