Rabbi Yaakov Meidan, a rosh yeshiva at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Gush Etzion has released a p’sak halacha supporting the IDF Spokesman’s Office photographing on Shabbos.
The rav informed is talmidim that soldiers serving in the spokesman’s unit, both regular and reserve duty personnel are permitted to photograph on Shabbos when such activity entrails documenting events since such action “is part of the war itself”. The rav explains that this is part of today’s “modern battlefield” and popular opinion is imperative towards influencing events.
The rav elaborates, that today’s IDF spokesman Brigadier-General Yoav Mordechai, is among the first in his position who comes from the ranks of combat soldiers. He feels this is what the case should be since he is better suited to address and comprehend situations that occur in the battlefield.
Regarding the military’s public relations, the rav feels the IDF is lagging and this particular area is not performing at the same level as many other areas of the military, in need of significant improvement. He explained that while documenting events with cameras on Shabbos that may not be pikuach nefesh are still permitted under Halacha of warfare and the need to document said events on Shabbos.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)