Tuesday, January 26, 2021

IDF Persecuting Epileptic Religious Ethiopian Girl



Reported Israeli Army Persecution of an Epileptic Religious Ethiopian Girl 

13 Shvat, 5780 °°  Parshas Beshalach  °° Jan. 26, '21

By Binyomin Feinberg

Our readers may have seen our recent post about the plight of a religious girl recently imprisoned in Military Prison over her refusal to submit to the Israeli Army female draft (http://daattorah.blogspot.com/2021/01/BSD-is-israel-asking-for-yet-more.html). B"H, she obtained military draft exemption and was released shortly after that post.  However, today, we've received credible information that, right now, a mitzvah-observant, 24 year-old young woman with epilepsy is suffering in Military Prison Six, in Northern Israel, for her refusal to submit to the female military draft. Tadalah bas Mantjavush hails from a religious Ethiopian Jewish family in central Israel. She was recently imprisoned for her steadfast refusal to compromise her Jewish faith or her personal purity.

About six years ago, shortly after being drafted into the IDF,
Tadalah fled the promiscuous Army environment, after witnessing  first-hand the exploitive Army hefkeirus, which, many argue, renders the Army wholly unfit for any woman. Just recently, Tadalah was caught by the government in the course of an unrelated interaction with a law enforcement officer. After identifying her, they flagged her for being absent from the Army, for a period of approximately six years.

The Israeli government ensures that religious objectors suffer deprivation and indignities in Military Prison. What compounds the difficulty for Tadalah is that she reportedly has epilepsy, which is potentially life-threatening.  Thus she needs constant supervision - not reliably being provided in jail.  Consequently, this is piku'ach nefesh, even more so than the average case of girls incarcerated in Military Prison.

Why the formidable Israeli military needs an epileptic soldier remains somewhat of a mystery.  This case  is also reminiscent of the past (antireligious) persecution of individual girls and women, which, throughout history, has a demonstrated capacity to bring on awesome Divine Retribution. For example, the Pirkei DeRebbi Eliezer, ch. 48, relates how the Egyptian persecution of one Jewish mother triggered the downfall of the mighty Egyptian empire via the Exodus (quoted by Rav Meshulum Dovid Soloveichik Shlit"a, Droshos, end; cf. Radal ibid., 93, 99).

Tadalah faces a hearing tommorow, Wednesday Jan. 27, reliant on a government lawyer. If, Chas VeSholom, her case doesn't fare well, she could be facing grueling months in Military Prison  for her "absence" from the Army.

Tadalah is just one of multiple religious Ethiopian girls imprisoned in recent months and years over their principled resistance to the military draft. Another heartbreaking case we covered in The Jewish Press and online is that of Ziva bas Mazal M., https://daattorah.blogspot.com/2020/01/religious-persecution-of-ethiopian-girl.html,  https://daattorah.blogspot.com/2019/10/racial-profiling-or-pure-antireligious.html,  https://daattorah.blogspot.com/2019/10/making-racism-great-again.html.

The antireligious secularist Israeli Establishment has exhibited a  penchant for racism against Ethiopian Jews - and other Jews of color - commensurate with it's well-demonstrated anti-Torah, anti-Jewish animus. Ethiopian Jews suffer incarceration in Israeli Military Prison in disproportionate numbers. Because they are naturally refined, they don't take well to the very un-Jewish, coarse mistreatment rampant in the Army. Many even commit suicide, R"L, under the abusive mistreatment they endure under the pervasive secularist military regimen.

»» The tzibbur is requested to please take a few seconds to daven for Tadalah bas Mantjavush.

»» For more information, please text or call  845.642.1679.  

»» A 24-hour Israeli Hotline for any female, independent of religious background, who encounters problems with the Draft Offices, or who has encountered sexual mistreatment in or by the Israeli Army, is 03.721.3337.

"... And if someone, like Pinchos, is one among a multitude, and every man is against him when he dares to speak out for truth and to fight for the Law -- the more lonely his stand, the greater the number of his adversaries, the more powerful is his word, the mightier his deed."

--  Rav Shamshon Raphael Hirsch OB"M (1808-1888), (in "Judaism Eternal," vol. 2, p. 293)

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