As the chareidi tzibur prepares to bring out hundreds of thousands of supporters for the Bnei Brak and Yerushalayim prison marches, beginning at 1:00pm and 2:00pm respectively, the High Court of Justice announced on Thursday morning that the Emanuel parents headed for prison are to present themselves at the Russian Compound detention center in Yerushalayim no later than 12:00pm.
The organizers of today’s events are weighing their alternatives in light of this new development.
In the meantime, the Toldos Aaron Rebbe Shlita and Toldos Avraham Yitzchak Rebbe Shlita have both called on chassidim to take part in today’s march.
The Bostoner Rebbe, HaRav Naftali Yehuda Horowitz Shlita has issued a statement to Chassidei Boston in support of the embattled parents in the Emanuel dispute, saying “Regarding demonstration for parents everyone should go”.
Shas leader Eli Yishai stated Maran R’ Ovadia Yosef said it is a difficult day indeed and party members should act as they see fit.
In Emanuel, the parents are dawned in their shabbos clothes, preparing to say goodbye to their children for two weeks, headed for prison to adhere to the instructions of the Slonimer Rebbe Shlita.
Police announce main traffic routes in Bnei Brak will be closed down at 11:00am. It will undoubtedly be a difficult day for motorists. MDA has raised its operational level ahead of the day’s events.
Gedolei HaDor Shlita urge all participants in the day’s event to refrain from any form of violence and/or law-breaking.
State social workers are recommending to the High Court that in a number of the cases pertaining to Emanuel parents, only one parent should be sent to prison since they have special needs children and extenuating circumstances at home.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)