Charedi demonstrators bring Jerusalem to standstill with IDF draft protest
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Charedi demonstrators bring Jerusalem to standstill with IDF draft protest

35 members of fringe group 'Committee to Save the Torah World' are arrested as they opposed compulsory conscription

Charedi Jews being targeted with water cannons in Jerusalem during a protest in November 2017
Charedi Jews being targeted with water cannons in Jerusalem during a protest in November 2017

 Charedi Orthodox protesters blocked the entrance to Jerusalem and the city’s light rail for three hours during a demonstration against the jailing of yeshiva students for draft dodging.

At least 35 of the demonstrators, from a fringe group called the Committee to Save the Torah World, the operational arm of the so-called Jerusalem Faction, were arrested Sunday after police used force to break up the protests.

Some 27 Charedi youth are currently jailed for up to 90 days in military prison for failing to visit the draft office and to file the paperwork required to obtain their exemption from military service in the Israel Defence Forces. Several of the youths arrested on Sunday were discovered to be draft dodgers as well.

Charedi Jews being taken away by police in Jerusalem during their protest

Last week, at least 32 Charedi demonstrators were arrested during similar demonstrations in Jerusalem, Bnei Brak, Beit Shemesh, and Modiin Illit.

Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach, head of the Jerusalem Faction, ordered the demonstration “to protest for the dignity of the Torah, which has been ground into dust by the incarceration of 12 prisoners of the Torah world for extended periods. Last week, the Charedi masses took to the streets to protest, and hundreds were arrested and four more prisoners of the Torah world were handed over to the military authorities,” according to a statement from the committee, the Times of Israel reported.

Charedi Jews being taken away by police in Jerusalem during their protest

 

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