The High Court of Justice has granted parents an additional hour, instructing them to report to the Russian Compound in Yerushalayim at 1:00pm.
**Prison Authority officials are making arrangements to accommodate the Emanuel parents, who will most likely be in Matisyahu Prison. Prison Authority officials report Badatz Eida Chareidit food will be on hand for them.
**10,000 police troops are deployed in Yerushalayim and Tel Aviv for Thursday’s prison marches.
**A spokesman for Slonim Chassidus has called on the entire tzibur to refrain from any form of violence whatsoever during the march.
**Police have called on the High Court to permit parents to report to jail at 5pm, explaining they have already authorized the marches in Bnei Brak and Yerushalayim and they do not wish to have to pull the parents out of the marches, a move that may lead to violence.
**Thousands of Bnei Brak residents are already on Chazon Ish Street, which is jammed beyond capacity on this sweltering summer day. It should be pointed out that the buses bringing participants have not yet arrived.
**Present at the Bnei Brak march are HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita and HaGaon HaRav Aaron Leib Shteinman Shlita.
**Police Chief Dudi Cohen announces troops are instructed to exhibit a large measure of understanding and tolerance, but there will be zero tolerance for any violence.
**MK Moshe Gafne: Today atzeres if chareidi Jewry shows the world that the democratic State of Israel imprisons parents, pregnant women, nursing women, all because that wish to educate their children as they see fit.
**HaGaon HaRav Nissim Karelitz Shlita is taking part in the Bnei Brak event.
**The state is calling on the High Court to delay the start of the prison term, which currently is 1:00pm. The state is asking that the time be set at 5:00pm.
**The Rabbonim Shlita have called over and over again to maintain order. The Slonimer Chassidus has hired 300 people to maintain order, to oust anyone seeking to upset the atzeres.
**HaGaon HaRav Wosner Shlita just finished speaking in Bnei Brak, highlighting the tragedy of the Jewish state imprisoning parents simply because they are unwilling to compromise the chinuch of their children.
**The atzeres in Yerushalayim is getting underway.
**Police are stopping buses heading to the atzeres from Betar Illit on Begin Highway.
**HaGaon HaRav Pavorsky Shlita, Rosh Yeshiva Ponevezh is addressing the Bnei Brak atzeres.
**Rabbonim Shlita in Bnei Brak announced the parents “in a few hours will become shluchim of all Am Yisrael. We must say ‘Yes to Torah and No to the High Court’”. The tzibur is now singing Utzu Eitza.
**Jerusalem Police Chief Aaron Franco and Israel Police Chief Dudi Cohen met with the media as the Yerushalayim atzeres gets underway. Chief Cohen called on participants to obey the law, praising the democracy that permits such an event, estimating over 15,000 people are present as the event get underway. He praised the organizers and all those involved as he observed the orderly crowd at Yirmiyahu and Shamgar Streets.
**Police officials explain the parents will not have to turn themselves in until 5pm, apparently relying on a technicality since the department received the arrest warrants very late and they require time to prepare for receiving the dozens of parents.
**In Yerushalayim, Avinu Malkeinu is being recited.
**The parents are expected to arrive at the Yerushalayim atzeres any moment, dressed in bikdei shabbos and they will be wearing handcuffs.
**The Belzer Rebbe Shlita can be seen at the Jerusalem atzeres. Maran R’ Elyashiv Shlita is expected to meet the parents as they make their way to the Russian Compound on Shmuel HaNavi Street.
**Deputy Minister Yaakov Litzman tells Kol Chai Radio he is pained that it has come to this, adding he attended the High Court hearing this week and personally saw the disdain for the parents exhibited by Justice Edmond Levy. He stresses this is absolutely not related to discrimination in any way shape and form.
**Rav Yosef Efrati Shlita is speaking in Yerushalayim in the name of Maran Rav Elyashiv, addressing accusations of discrimination in Emanuel.
**Maranan V’Rabbanan Shlita Rav Wosner Shlita and Rav Shteinman Shlita called on the tzibur to strengthen itself in kiyum Torah U’mitzvos.
**Deputy Minister Meir Porush has arrived at the atzeres in Yerushalayim.
**The tzibur in Bnei Brak is escorting the parents to the buses and they will head to Yerushalayim.
**Rav Efrati Shlita spoke to the state, to the nation’s leaders, telling them to “disengage” from our chinuch, to worry about your own schools and leave us alone. When you produce better results in your schools you can come and preach to us.
**Due to the oppressive heat today, many participants in the atzeres have fainted. Many EMS organizations are on hand dealing with the situation and there are water stations too, seeking to assist those in need of hydration.
**Members of the leftist secular community are using the atzeres to launch additional attacks against the chareidi tzibur, accusing it of discrimination, decrying the decision of the parents to prefer contempt of court and prison rather than to defy the words of the rabbonim.
**Two buses marked “Emanuel Prisoners” have just arrived at the Yerushalayim atzeres and the parents are disembarking, dressed in bigdei shabbos as they prepare to present themselves at the Russian Compound to serve a two-week prison term for defying the High Court of Justice.
**Many participants are having difficulty hearing the speakers in Yerushalayim. It appears they did not expect such a large turnout.
**HaGaon HaRav Chaim Pinchos Sheinberg and HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Aurbach are at the Yerushalayim atzeres along with many roshei yeshiva Shlita.
**The tzibur in Yerushalayim is now reciting Shema and Ohl Malchus Shomayim.
**Estimates state over 50,000 people in the Yerushalayim atzeres.
**Rav Meir Elmaliach, the representative of the Emanuel parents who is also heading to jail, is addressing the tzibur in Yerushalayim.
**Emanuel parent Rav Yeshayahu Eichler, a Slonim Chassidus representative explains “I am proud that today I merited to be MeKadesh Shem Shomayim before hundreds of thousands and I am proud, as are my children, they I am going to jail with their support to maintain our chinuch and lifestyle.
Sephardi representative R’ Yonatan Daneino made an impassioned appeal on Kol Chai Radio to please agree to have the girls return to the school for two weeks, to sit together, “to avoid this terrible thing of going to jail”.
R’ Eichler explained that the moment the Sephardi families are willing to accept the charter and regulation of Maran Rav Wosner Shlita, the atzeres will be halted, immediately, and the matter is resolved.
R’ Eichler stresses over and over this is not a matter of discrimination chas v’sholom, but the issue is adhering to the Slonimer Rebbe Shlita, the pillar of Torah and strength for the parents, urging the Sephardim to accept the charter of seek another school, to realize all they wish to do is educate their children in adherence to the Gedolei Yisrael Shlita.
R’ Eichler stresses the atzeres is NOT against the Sephardim chas v’sholom, but a turnout to tell the Supreme Court of the State of Israel that Torah is the supreme authority, not an secular court.
**It appears there are over 60,000 participants in the Yerushalayim atzeres.
**The secular media is already reporting a minimum of 110,000 people at the Yerushalayim atzeres. Order is being maintained and authorities appear surprised just how many people are present and obeying instructions to remain orderly.
**EMS has treated at least eight people for various levels of dehydration.
**The Emanuel parents in bigdei shabbos are being carried on the shoulders of atzeres participants singing Slonimer niggunim at what has become a true chizuk for the parents and participants present.
**Maran R’ Elyashiv already met with the Emanuel parents, receiving his personal bracha, and they then returned to the buses. Maran Elyashiv has left the area.
**Some comment that surprisingly, there is a noticeable presence of kippa sruga (dati leumi) yidden in Yerushalayim too.
**Rotter news reports that prominent dati leumi posek, HaGaon HaRav Zalman Baruch Melamed has informed his talmidim to take part in the atzeres as well.
**Emanuel resident David Frenkel applauds the High Court for ending 15 years of discrimination Arutz-7 reports. Another resident, Tzvi Shochat agrees, explaining many frum families, whose husbands are avreichim, were not accepted to the school. An Ashkenazi resident explained she tried to get a job as a tour guide for a Sephardi school and they would not accept her since she wears a sheitel, contrary to the ruling of Maran R’ Ovadia Yosef Shlita. Tzvi Shochat points out that Rav Yaakov Yosef supports him and others who favored going to the High Court, and for them, that is enough daas torah to justify the move. (See Arutz-7 video )
**16:38 – Some numbers from various news agencies: Maariv (60,000 in Yerushalayim), Kol Chai (over 100,000), Ynet (110,000), News-1 (50,000), Walla (tens of thousands), Israel Police (120,000), Jerusalem Post (50,000), Ladaat (tens of thousands), Kikar (tens of thousands), Kol Chareidim (tens of thousands).
**16:47 – Major traffic snarls in Yerushalayim. Dancing is reported at the Russian Compound as the Emanuel parents are reporting to prison in compliance with the High Court of Justice.
**16:50 – Sara Beck (Channel 2, who broke the Emanuel case months ago) Today I am very pained. I believe both sides could have stopped this insanity. This is a very very sad day. The situation becomes increasingly complicated, with a wall now existing between the girls in Emanuel.
**16:52 – Sara Beck: Viewing over 100,000 people reciting Shema Yisrael is indeed very emotional but saying “shema yisrael yes and the state no is very painful for me”. There were 1001 ways to solve the problem in Emanuel, but I believe both sides wished to bring this to a case of the Torah against the State of Israel.
**16:54 – Ynet reports about 30 chareidim attempted to attack Rav Yaakov Yosef as he left a shiur. The Rav was not injured Baruch Hashem.
**17:01 – Last minute efforts by Noar K’halacha, Yoav Lalum, were rejected by the Slonimer Rebbe Shlita, as today, it appears it is too late since the families have not yet accepted the regulations as set forth by Maran R’ Wosner Shlita.
**17:03: The Pinsk-Karlin Rebbe Shlita is escorting the Emanuel parents to the Russian Compound detention facility.
**17:29: HaRav Michel Braun, the rosh yeshiva of the Shilo Hesder Yeshiva, told Kol Chai Radio that he stands firmly behind the Emanuel parents and their struggle.
**17:32 – Maariv: 100,000 people waiting for the Emanuel parents at the Russian Compound
**17:35 – EMS officials report over 70 people were treated for heat-related emergencies.
**17:38 – A large police force is present at the Russian Compound as the Emanuel parents are making their way to turn themselves in to begin serving a two-week jail term for contempt of the High Court of Justice. From the Jerusalem facility, the parents will be sent to Massiyahu Prison.
**17:40 – The Toldos Avraham Yitzchak Rebbe Shlita is escorting the parents to the Russian Compound. By all estimates, there are over 100,000 participants in the atzeres and the tzibur is remaining calm and law abiding as per the instructions of the Rabbonim Shlita.
**17:42 – The first bus, escorted by the Slonimer Rebbe is expected to arrive at the Russian Compound in the coming minutes. Deputy Minister Litzman and MK Gafne wanted to meet the parents at Massiyahu Prison to look out for them but prison authority officials declined their request. Yahadut HaTorah MKs are at the Russian Compound to meet the parents as they turn themselves over to police custody.
**17:46 – Shas’ R’ Chaim Amsellem – This is a very sad day for Yisrael, that we have reached this situation which is causing a great deal of irreparable damage to innocent children. The positions of our rabbonim shlita is clear, that we do not resolve our problems via the High Court of Justice. There is a sufficient number of Sephardi mosdos and if a boy or girl is not accepted in an Ashkenazi school, there is an alternative.
I have received many many calls asking why we are not applauding the court for doing something wonderful for the Sephardic community, and our tzibur is not present because our rabbonim did not instruct them to attend for in reality, there is a problem, there is discrimination. The discrimination against Sephardim must end once and for all.
I told Rav Lazerson and others from Chinuch Atzmai that if they remain silent regarding discrimination in Betar or Jerusalem, then later we cannot speak in Emanuel since the fire was already ignited.
I see the damage. I see the seculars, who are incapable of understanding how we dare defy the High Court in the name of Torah. We must live here in this country at the end of the day. We are not living in a bubble. Do we want another Shinui Party? Is that what we want?
**17:53 – Massiyahu Prison (Ramle) Police and prison officials are preparing and working to keep the curiosity seekers at a distance. As soon as the Emanuel prisoners arrive they will be processed and admitted to the prison to serve their two-week sentence.
**18:02 – HaGaon HaRav Dov Lior Shlita joins the list of Gedolei Torah calling on followers to protest against the Supreme Court with the chareidim.
**18:23 – The Slonimer Rebbe Shlita is at the Russian Compound meeting with the Emanuel parents.
**18: 30 – PRISON AUTHORITY UPDATE: Regarding the Emanuel parents, the men being transported to Massiyahu Prison and will serve their two-week sentence in a wing that contains a shul. The women are being transported to N’vei Tirtza Prison, and prison officials assure them there will be diapers and other supplies on hands for the mothers and their infants, who will be with them. All involved are promised that they will receive Eida Chareidis food.
**18:33 – Rabbonim and chareidi MKs are welcoming the first arrival of parents at the Russian Compound singing ‘Moshe Emes V’toraso Emes’. Police are interested in completing the process expeditiously, and hoping to hand over the prisoners to prison service officials as quickly as possible.
**18:41 – After speaking with Rabbonim, two policemen boarded the buses to begin sorting out the passengers, making sure that only the Emanuel parents who are going into police custody remain on those buses. The situation at the Russian Compound is calm, yet there is a heavy feeling in the air as the solidarity event comes to an end and parents are being separated from their children, bringing tears to the eyes of many.
**18:45 – MASSIYAHU PRISON – Reporters are standing by in expectation of the arrival of the male Emanuel parents, who will be serving a two-week prison sentence for contempt of the High Court of Justice. There are eight entrances to the prison, and no one has announced which of the entrances will be used, but speculation points to a southern entrance.
Chareidi MKs and askanim wanted to meet the prisoners at the location, but prison officials declined the request despite the parliamentary immunity of Deputy Minister Meir Porush, Deputy Minister Yaakov Litzman and MK Moshe Gafne.
**18:55 – The Slonimer Rebbe Shlita is on the bus with the girls, most of whom are crying, giving them a chizuk. Meir Porush and Moshe Gafne are present as well, along with senior police commanders. The Rebbe is giving a bracha to the girls and the tears are flowing as this most meaningful event is taking place. There are a total of three buses and the Rebbe is expected to get on each bus.
One person has reportedly sustained a cardiac episode due to the high emotional state and has been transported to nearby Bikur Cholim Hospital in a MDA paramedic advanced life support unit.
**19:03 – Shas’ Council of Torah Sages set to Convene on Thursday night at 8:30pm to discuss the day after the prison march and the ramifications of the Emanuel incident.
**19:18 – SURPRISE : At least 5 Emanuel parents whose children attend the Beis Yaakov do not appear on the police list and they are heading back home.
**19:42 – MASSIYAHU PRISON: Border police are in position waiting for the buses from Jerusalem.
**19:45 – Kol Chai Radio reports the Shas Council of Torah Sages was scheduled to convene today and it was pushed off until after the prison march. The main item on the agenda is addressing Rabbi Amsellem’s daas yochid in a number of matters, including giyur. The Rabbonim Shlita are also expected to address today’s march in Bnei Brak and Yerushalayim.
**19:53 – Buses have left the Russian Compound and police are escorting them to the prisons where the Emanuel parents will serve a two-week sentence. Senior police commanders expressed pleasant surprise at the decorum of the tzibur, which by modest accounts numbered over 100,000.
**20:43 – Hundreds of people are on hand to greet the Emanuel parents as they arrive in prison to serve their two-week sentences. The official Israel Police estimate given to the media states 160,000 people took part in the Yerushalayim prison march.
END OF PRISON MARCH COVERAGE.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)