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Knesset passes Charedi draft law

By Daniel Easterman, March 12, 2014

A contentious new law that will criminalise strictly Orthodox yeshivah students who evade Israeli army service was passed by Knesset this morning.

The so-called "Draft Law" was approved by 65 to 1, with a Jewish Home MK casting the only "no" vote. Most of those who opposed the law simply boycotted the vote.

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Israeli jets kill Islamic Jihad members in response to mortar fire

By Daniel Easterman, March 11, 2014

The Israeli Air Force has hit targets in the Gaza Strip after mortar rounds were fired at IDF units near the border by terrorists reported to be members of Islamic Jihad.

IDF spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner, originally from the UK, said: "Terrorists must know that there is a price to pay when participating in aggression.

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Israeli teenagers refuse to join IDF over "war crimes"

By Daniel Easterman, March 10, 2014

Almost 50 Israeli teenagers are refusing to be drafted into the Israel Defence Forces in protest over "war crimes" committed in the occupied territories.

In a joint letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu, they criticise what they say are human rights abuses taking place on a “daily basis”.

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British mothers battle stress of having children in IDF

By Sandy Rashty, March 7, 2014

Twenty-one British mothers have banded together to help each other cope with the stresses of having children who serve in the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) .

Camille Compton, former Emunah charity chair, co-founded Mahal Mums after her 19-year-old son, Max, volunteered for the IDF after leaving Immanuel College last summer.

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Israeli airlines get laser defence shields

By Sandy Rashty, March 5, 2014

Israeli commercial planes will be fitted with military lasers in a high-tech bid to combat attempted terrorist attacks.

Israel’s Ministry of Defence approved the use of SkyShield, a defence system, for commercial purposes on Wednesday.

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Amnesty shoots itself in the foot over Israel-West Bank report

By Marcus Dysch, February 26, 2014

Amnesty International’s claims that Israeli forces in the West Bank are “trigger-happy”, shoot Palestinians with impunity and may be guilty of war crimes have been met with outrage and widespread criticism.

A report published by the charity on Thursday highlighted what it said was a “harrowing pattern of unlawful killings and unwarranted injuries of Palestinian civilians”.

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Charedi battle to stay out of the IDF is ripping Israel apart

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 13, 2014

The new national-service law, now in its final legislative stages, is causing tension both within the coalition and the strictly Orthodox community.

A committee headed by Habayit Hayehudi MK Ayelet Shaked began voting this week on clauses including the quotas of Charedim required to join the army and the length of service for other sections of the population.

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IDF soldier killed by friendly fire

By JC Reporter, February 6, 2014

An IDF officer was killed by friendly fire on Monday night on the northern Gaza border.

According to reports, Captain Tal Nahman, 21, was commanding forces nearby when he was mistaken for a terrorist by soldiers of Givati — an IDF infantry brigade.

The IDF said in a statement that the incident was being investigated.

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High Court push to speed up IDF draft law

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 6, 2014

The Israeli High Court order on Tuesday to prevent the government from funding Charedi yeshivahs for students whose IDF draft has been deferred has added extra urgency to the move to pass a new national service law in the Knesset.

The 8-1 ruling by the nine Supreme Court judges came following a petition by the Hiddush lobby group against the state for not drafting the students.

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Israeli pilots jailed over maps leak

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 6, 2014

Fourteen Israeli combat pilots have been disciplined for storing secret maps and operational documents on their smart-phones. Two received short military prison sentences and the rest received suspended sentences and fines.

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