As tensions between the State of Israel and the Orthodox Jewish community over new draft legislation reaches a climax and civil war threatens to engulf the country, European Jewry is reacting: a massive demonstration, to be attended by over 1,000 rabbinical leaders and delegates from many European countries for universal support of the oppressed Orthodox minority in Israel.
Rabbi Shulem Teitelbaum of Satmar United, representing international Orthodox Jewry, has stated that the Zionist movement has set out to dominate and eradicate religious observance and recast the Jewish people in a new, nationalistic mould. They say they need the Orthodox to share the burden, but that is only to camouflage their true goal: to integrate the Orthodox into their anti-religious society.
Israeli generals have freely admitted that they have no need and do not even know how to deal with a large influx of religious soldiers – belying the share-the-burden argument.
It is clear that Israeli leaders see the army as the ideal environment where they can efficiently carry out mass transformation of the Orthodox community, and therefore they now want to force them to join the army.
Orthodox rabbinic leaders have stated that complying with this new draft is a violation of the Jewish religion and called to resist this decree by all means necessary.
The Israeli State is now using unprecedented tactics of intimidation to transform the Jewish religion.
In Jerusalem and New York, massive demonstrations were held in the past weeks, attended by tens of thousands of Orthodox Jews.
It is anticipated that the EU will intervene so that religious Jews in Israel can practice their faith in peace.
The demonstration is being held in front of the EU offices in Brussels in order to appeal to the European Commission to provide international protection to those of the Orthodox community who flee Israel and to ensure that all its member states recognize them as refugees and political asylum seekers.
European Jewry hopes and prays that the EU will act in accordance with its charter: “The European Union sees human rights as universal and indivisible. It actively promotes and defends them both within its borders and when engaging in relations with non-EU countries.”