Supreme Court to hear case on Haredi conscription to the IDF on June 2

A man holds a sign reading 'It would be better for our children to be killed than to become secular' during a protest by ultra-Orthodox men against IDF conscription, outside the city of Bnei Brak, April 1, 2024. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)
A man holds a sign reading 'It would be better for our children to be killed than to become secular' during a protest by ultra-Orthodox men against IDF conscription, outside the city of Bnei Brak, April 1, 2024. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

The Supreme Court announces that a hearing on the conscription of ultra-Orthodox, or Haredi, men to the IDF will take place on June 2, Channel 13 reports. A temporary cabinet measure that gave a blanket exemption to ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students expired on April 1

Earlier this week, the government asked for permission to obtain independent legal representation for the upcoming hearing, rather than be represented by Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara, whom many in the government have strong disagreements with.

The hearing will take place with an expanded panel of nine judges, a significant increase from the mandatory three judges that most cases require.

After the government failed to find a way to comply with a court ruling from 2017, which determined blanket military service exemptions for Haredi yeshiva students to be discriminatory and illegal, by March 31, Baharav-Miara told the Defense Ministry and Education Ministry that it must begin the process of drafting members of the ultra-Orthodox community. She also warned against any attempts to continue funding yeshivas that harbor students who dodge their army service.

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