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Religious Knesset Members Denounced Over Girls Draft Issue


On Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 Dozens of protestors demonstrate in front of the home of Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman on Even Ha’azel Street in Jerusalem, in protest over what they call “the decree to draft girls.”

On Feb. 13, the Knesset passed a law granting the IDF the final say in whether or not a religious girl applying for an army exemption is indeed religious. The law, known as Amendment 18 to the Law of Compulsory Army Service, gives the IDF the authority to reject a girl’s signed statement that she is religious for up to two years after her submission.

Litzman and other religious Members of Knesset opposed the bill nominally but did not leave the government in protest against its passing.

Protests also took place outside the home of Member of Knesset Menachem Moses.