By COLlive reporter
Home sweet home.
Rivka Hadjadj, the young Chabad woman who has been incarcerated for the last 2 weeks in a military prison in Israel, has been released by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on Tuesday.
News of the release followed reporting in the frum media, including COLlive.com, and street protests by Litvish activists from the Peleg Hayerushalmi fraction over her imprisonment.
A large goodie bag of kosher sweets waited for her at her parents home in Netanya as her father picked her up from Prison Six, officially known as Confinement Base 396, an Israeli military prison located near Atlit.
Hadjadj was arrested on December 10 when she tried boarding a plane out of Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport. The IDF accused her of evasion of military service which is mandatory in the country.
The IDF claimed that Hajaj was not eligible for the exemption given to Jewish women on a religious basis since photos on social media prove that she does not adhere to frum observance as she stated.
Family members admitted that Hadjadj had indeed gone off the derech while the family suffered a tragedy 3 years ago, but they said she has since returned to the fold and has been living a Chassidic life.
On Tuesday, Hadjadj was released and has been recognized as a frum woman who isn’t required to serve in the military as the law allows.