The Straw that breaks the camels back? Charedi students caught on video trying to work off the books
Channel 10 in Israel did an undercover investigation into Charedim working off the books to avoid the army and to not pay taxes.
They put up posters in Bnei Brak looking for sales people for a fictional company called Ohel Avraham. They rented an office, put in hidden cameras and started interviewing applicants for the jobs. The conversations went like this:
Interviewer: Do you have a problem getting paid on the books?
Applicant: The problem is the army
Interviewer: Have you worked in the past?
Applicant: Yes off the books
Interviewer: What hours can you work?
Applicant: I can work from 6AM until midnight, I am simply registered at a Yeshiva
Others said they could work from 10-5 or from 1-9.
9 out of 10 applicants that were taped on video ensured the interviewer that they had ways to ensure that they would get paid and not lose their significant benefits as Yeshiva students.
Here are the government benefits that they don't want to lose:
- 800 shekel as an Avrech
- Guaranteed minimum income payment - 1040 shekel
- 500-2000 shekel from the Yeshiva/Kollel
- Significant (90%) discounts in property taxes and pre-schools