[ View the story "Israel's religious resistance" on Storify] Israel's religious resistance We examine the relationship between Haredi Jews and the Israeli state.
The Stream· Wed, Jun 19 2013 10:30:37
This documentary follows people in the ultra-Orthodox community in Israel, telling different stories.
Haredi: The Ultra orthodox society in Israel 1/5pegelatrin
60 per cent
of Haredim live below the poverty line. The average Haredi
has more than five children. As a result, their population grows by 6 per cent every year and they are expected to constitute 25 per cent of the Jewish population in Israel by 2050.
@AJStream The ultraorthodox are one of the poorest populations in Israel. The government should help them, rather than turn against them.מהפכנית לשעבר
In recent years, the Haredim have begun to face pressure to 'share the burden' of citizenship in Israel. This Al Jazeera report depicts the tension between secular and religious Jews in Jerusalem.
Jerusalem's religious dividealjazeeraenglish
@AJStream Yes. Israel is a democracy not a theocracy. No privilege for religious opinions.Stephen Casgrave
I respect the beliefs of Haredim. But if they want to leave their ghettos, they have to conform to at least a few norms of modern society.Jeffrey Goldberg
Last month, the government approved a proposal to cancel Haredi exemption from military conscription. Below, Israelis share their opinions on drafting the Haredim into the army.
Should Haredim serve in the Israeli army?coreygilshuster
A Reddit response to The Stream suggests a compromise:
Yeah sure, I'm comfortable with them getting special treatment, so long as they are drafted and do army service. If you want to create more Haredi units and defer their guard duty on Shabbat to other days, I don't mind. It wouldn't be that complicated to arrange. EvilIsraeli
On paper, the Haredi school system is supposed to teach core subjects like math and science but, in reality the time devoted to these subjects is minimal. Most of the men and women lack practical skills and end up in low-paying jobs.
The real challenge for #Israel is to include #Haredim in workforce, not necessarily in army. This will improve the economy. Shabbat Shalom!Moshe Feiglin
While many Israelis stress equality in army service and work obligations, others stress the importance of reforming the
Haredi school system
and advancing women's rights.
Haredi schools teach little math, science or English: one recent study said graduates had the equivalent of zero to four years of secular education. The community shuns the Internet. Many men want to work few hours, and some refuse to work in offices with women.nytimes.com
taken in Jerusalem in 2011 is an example of the ultra-Orthodox dress code.
Mea She'arimCarlos A. Hernandez
In a recent visit to Israel, celebrity Barbra Streisand
cases of ultra-Orthodox Jews targeting women:
"it's distressing to read about women in Israel being forced to sit in the back of the bus or when we hear about `Women of the Wall' having metal chairs thrown at them when they attempt to peacefully and legally pray."huffingtonpost.com
Women of The Wall is a group of female activists who oppose gender restrictions at the Western Wall. Below, Haredim men show their opposition to the women's actions.
Women of the Wall- Rosh Hodesh Tammuz Prayerwomenofthewall
Sounds pretty arrogant to think God wants the ultra-orthodox to spit on Jews, throw rocks and restrict worship. @WomenofthewallJulie Silver
It's never a good thing to try and force specific minority groups to conform to a cultural standard set out by the state. That's essentially what this is. I don't support it with regard to immigrants here in my country, so it would be hypocritical of me to support such a move here. As an aside, I sincerely doubt this will have any effect on Palestinian rights.Michiel Sikma