The IDF forced soldiers attending commanders course to attend a pro-toava lecture given by an activist despite complaints from charedi troops that it violated their religious beliefs.
According to the Channel 2 report, the lecture was related to the protests regarding the Surrogacy Law. The class was run under the auspices of the base’s Education Corps, which provides a schedule of mandatory educational events for troops throughout the course.
“I feel that it hurts me as a religious soldier and as a combat soldier who wants to be part of the team,” one soldier messaged his rabbi. “Suddenly, because I emphasized that I do not agree with this issue, it makes me ashamed of the opinion that I grew up because it was perceived as primitive and different from all of them.”
The IDF admitted that the class was against regulations and promised to investigate.