To date, 3,550 haredim have completed national service, and there are currently 1,442 participating in national service programs, National Civic Service Administration head Sar Shalom Jerby said on Thursday during a hearing of the Special Committee for the Equal Sharing of the Burden at the Knesset.
Jerby told the committee that 438 haredim were removed from the program and drafted into the IDF because they did not fulfill their duties.
Of those in national service, 55 percent volunteer in municipal/public service jobs, 30% work in the haredi sector and 15% work in organizations with haredi management that provide services to the general population.
Jerby stated that a yeshiva student who receives an exemption from military service cannot be accepted for national service. Israel Police Commander Alex Perlman represented the police in the discussion, and said that haredi volunteers had been successfully integrated in traffic department units.
The police intend to absorb no more than 2,200 haredim, Perlman said, due to the limited number of police units that do not operate on Shabbat, and because haredim cannot be assigned to share a squad car with female officers.
The committee was presided over by Habayit Hayehudi MK Ayelet Shaked.