Photos: Thousands Attend Protest in Manhattan Regarding Drafting of Yeshiva Students


anti-draft-protest-27[Photos below.] Thousands of men and boys gathered this afternoon at Foley Square in Manhattan to protest against efforts to draft chareidim in Israel into the IDF.

A committee in the Knesset agreed on draft legislation last week that sets quotas for the number of chareidi men expected to join the military and raises the possibility of criminal penalties for those who don’t cooperate. The current effort seeks to end a status quo that has been in place for some 65 years.

The event was organized by Satmar and featured the participation of Rav Aharon Teitelbaum of Satmar and his brother, Rav Zalman Leib Teitelbaum of Satmar.

The majority of the crowd were chassidim, including those from kehillos such as Skulen, Rachmastrivk and Vizhnitz, whose admorim strongly supported the event. Gedolei Torah who participated included Rav Aharon Schechter, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Rabbeinu Chaim Berlin; Rav Yosef Rosenblum, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Shaarei Yosher; Rav Elya Chaim Swerdloff, rosh yeshiva of Paterson Yeshiva; and others.

Today’s program began Minchah, followed by the recital of Tehillim led by Rav Ohser Kalmanowitz, rosh yeshiva of the Mirrer Yeshiva in Brooklyn.  Rav Yitzchok Glick of the Hisachdus Harabbonim was the chairman of the program.

Speakers at the event included Rav Yaakov Weiss, rosh yeshiva in Satmar Yeshiva of Kiryas Yoel; Rav Elya Ber Wachtfogel, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Zichron Moshe of South Fallsburg; Rav Yaakov Horowitz, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Bais Meir and rov of the Telzer Minyan of Boro Park; Rav Berel Katz, Dushinsky Rov; Rav Noach Isaac Oelbaum, rov of Khal Nachlas Yitzchok of Queens; the Galanta Rov; Rav Yaakov Nachman Stauber, menahel of the Satmar Yeshiva of Queens; and Rav Pinchus Jung, menahel of Bais Rochel Girls School in Monsey.

Rav Naftoli Herzka Frankel of the Badatz of the Eidah Hachareidis led the recital of Kabbolas Ohl Malchus Shomayim.

Police estimate that over 65,000 people participated in the event.

See below for photos:

{Nochum Newscenter/Photos by M. Haltovsky for JDN}


  1. There was no legal way to force out the lone loose canon holding that sign about Rav Shteinman. He answers to no Rov.

  2. among the roshei yeshiva attending (I don’t know all) were r’ aharon shechter and yeshivas chaim berlin, r’ eli ber vachtfogel and the entire yeshiva south fallsburg, r’ osher kalmonovitz, yeshivas mir, r’ shlomo feivel shustal, torah temima, r’ elya chaim swerdloff and the patterson yeshiva, most of bais hatalmud, of bensenhurst, yeshiva keren hatorah (R’ eli yagod) lakewood, ohel torah monsey (r’ rosengarten) r’ eli meir sortzkin, springfield yeshiva, r’ yitzchok sorotskin, r’ mordechai dick, and his yeshiva, r’ yaakov kokis and his yeshiva, r’ sholom zimmerman, r’ yosef rosenblum’s yeshiva sharei yosher, R’ moshe shimon shapiro yam hatalmud, r’ yakkov haorowitz bais meir, r’ moshe wolfson torah vodaas,r’ yehoshua krupenia lakewood, and the list goes on, sorry, i don’t recognize them all.

  3. it was the most orderly event i have ever attended, the program, content of speeches, was right on target, with no swipes at anyone, the crowed behaved well, all around it was a great experiance. it seemed to me as well over 50,000 people. look at some of the good pictures and judge for yourself.

  4. R’ Moshe Meiselman -Yeshivas Toras Moshe, R’Yitzchok Lichtenstein – Bais Yosef, R’ Aryeh Zev and R’Yisroel Mayer Zaks – Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim, R’ Chaim Flohr, R’ Schiff – Bais Shraga, R’ Moshe Schwab- Yeshivas Degel Hatorah etc.

  5. Yediot Achronot is a Zionist left-wing media outlet. They surely cannot be described as right-leaning. And they are reporting that the protest had 100,000 protesters including 2,000 rabbis and was covered by 300 NYPD Officers.

  6. #9 Its for the benefit of Yediot to publicize as many as possible attended, they love to Rabble Rouse and showing anything that happens globally that is Anti-Government. They have no interest or sympathy for the cause.

  7. I must commend for this repoet , I know it wasn’t easy to keep your personal views out of this report , Thanks again .

  8. Matzav was the ONLY website to stand up for Kavod Hatorah & didn’t allow the haters to spew their venom over here.

  9. also in attendance r’ shmuel perlstein bais hatalmud, r’ yitzchak paler and his brother from mekor chaim, r’ shmuel miller ohr yisroel,r’ eli burstein mesivta of lakewood.