1,500 ultra-Orthodox Protest After More Draft-dodgers Arrested, Blocking Jerusalem Light Rail

After last protest grew violent, over a hundred were arrested, some 45 of which were discovered to be wanted by the army for draft dodging

Aaron Rabinowitz
Aaron Rabinowitz
Police scuffle with ultra-Orthodox Jews as they block a main road during a protest against Israeli army conscription, in Jerusalem, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
Police scuffle with ultra-Orthodox Jews as they block a main road during a protest against Israeli army conscription, in Jerusalem, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017Credit: Ariel Schalit/AP
Aaron Rabinowitz
Aaron Rabinowitz

Some 1,500 members of the so-called "Jerusalem faction" of Israel's ultra-Orthodox community protested on Monday over the arrest of a number of youths for failing to show up for their enlistment into the Israeli army.

Dozens of protesters blocked the road to Jerusalem's light rail, while traffic next to the Knesset was closed due to protests taking place in the area.

Last week, a protest by the ultra-Orthodox group grew violent and saw over 100 people arrested. After the arrests, it was discovered that 45 of them were yeshiva students without standing warrants wanted for draft evasion.

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The ultra-Orthodox protesters demonstrated at three different locations, the main being Jerusalem's famous International Convention Center.

Meanwhile, a number of prominent rabbis came out against the "Jerusalem faction," which is a non-Hassidic group, with one rabbi even going as far as comparing the editor of the faction's paper to the Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels.

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