Meir Blau of Modi’in Illit is jailed in IDF’s Prison 4 after he was arrested for being a “draft dodger”. He is affiliated with Peleg Yerushalmi and as such, hasn’t registered for a draft deferment given to bnei torah to continue their limud. Blau was sentenced to 55 days in jail and according to him, has not been permitted to speak on the phone for four days.
Blau explains that as a result of this punishment, he was unable to wish his wife and family ‘gut Shabbos’ this past erev Shabbos and that a day earlier, he was told of telephone limitations that were implemented without his awareness, and as a result, he must now return the minutes used as if it were. He is also in solitary, which is what happens when a prisoner refuses to put on his IDF prison uniform, insisting he remain in his chareidi clothing.
Dozens of Peleg members on erev Shabbos protested outside IDF Prison 4. Kikar Shabbos News adds that being that Blau is affiliated with the “extreme” sect within Peleg, the “Vaad to Save the Torah World” will not assist him during his incarceration.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)