A Yeshiva Bochur affiliated with the Peleg Yerushalmi, Meir Elyashiv was arrested during the night of Thursday, 16 Marcheshvan (Wednesday to Thursday) by military police and is now in a military jail.
Police entered the Peleg-affiliated Bnei Torah party election headquarters on Modi’in Illit and arrested Elyashiv for failing to report to the draft office. He was taken in a military police vehicle to Prison 4 in the Tzrifin base and is represented by attorney Menachem Stauber, who has become ‘the’ attorney for chareidim arrested for failing to report to the draft.
Stauber, a member of the chareidi community, has experience as he served in the IDF on the staff of the military prosecutor, amassing experience on the other side of the draft dodging issue. Today, he has become the attorney of choice for most who find themselves arrested for failing to report to military service.
In response, the “Vaad to Save the Torah World” (הוועדה להצלת עולם התורה) announced that in light of the arrest, there will be collective kabolas Shabbos in major cities nationwide to give chizuk to Elyashiv and send a “clear message” to authorities.
Venues for the kabolas Shabbos tefilos have yet to be announced.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)