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Dozens arrested during Charedi ‘day of rage’ against IDF conscription

More than 100 Orthodox demonstrators detained for protesting against compulsory service in the Israeli army

  • Ultra Orthodox Jewish men are being arrested by Israeli police as they block a road during a protest in Jerusalem, Israel, 19 October 2017.  

 Photo by: JINIPIX
    Ultra Orthodox Jewish men are being arrested by Israeli police as they block a road during a protest in Jerusalem, Israel, 19 October 2017. Photo by: JINIPIX
  • Ultra Orthodox Jewish men are being arrested by Israeli police as they block a road during a protest in Jerusalem, Israel, 19 October 2017.  

 Photo by: JINIPIX
    Ultra Orthodox Jewish men are being arrested by Israeli police as they block a road during a protest in Jerusalem, Israel, 19 October 2017. Photo by: JINIPIX
  • Ultra Orthodox Jewish men are being arrested by Israeli police as they block a road during a protest in Jerusalem, Israel, 19 October 2017.  

 Photo by: JINIPIX
    Ultra Orthodox Jewish men are being arrested by Israeli police as they block a road during a protest in Jerusalem, Israel, 19 October 2017. Photo by: JINIPIX
  • Ultra Orthodox Jewish men are being arrested by Israeli police as they block a road during a protest in Jerusalem, Israel, 19 October 2017.  

 Photo by: JINIPIX
    Ultra Orthodox Jewish men are being arrested by Israeli police as they block a road during a protest in Jerusalem, Israel, 19 October 2017. Photo by: JINIPIX
  • Ultra Orthodox Jewish men are being arrested by Israeli police as they block a road during a protest in Jerusalem, Israel, 19 October 2017.  

 Photo by: JINIPIX
    Ultra Orthodox Jewish men are being arrested by Israeli police as they block a road during a protest in Jerusalem, Israel, 19 October 2017. Photo by: JINIPIX
  • Ultra Orthodox Jewish men are being arrested by Israeli police as they block a road during a protest in Jerusalem, Israel, 19 October 2017.  

 Photo by: JINIPIX
    Ultra Orthodox Jewish men are being arrested by Israeli police as they block a road during a protest in Jerusalem, Israel, 19 October 2017. Photo by: JINIPIX
  • Ultra Orthodox Jewish men are being arrested by Israeli police as they block a road during a protest in Jerusalem, Israel, 19 October 2017.  

 Photo by: JINIPIX
    Ultra Orthodox Jewish men are being arrested by Israeli police as they block a road during a protest in Jerusalem, Israel, 19 October 2017. Photo by: JINIPIX
  • Ultra Orthodox Jewish men are being arrested by Israeli police as they block a road during a protest in Jerusalem, Israel, 19 October 2017.  

 Photo by: JINIPIX
    Ultra Orthodox Jewish men are being arrested by Israeli police as they block a road during a protest in Jerusalem, Israel, 19 October 2017. Photo by: JINIPIX
  • Ultra Orthodox Jewish men are being arrested by Israeli police as they block a road during a protest in Jerusalem, Israel, 19 October 2017.  

 Photo by: JINIPIX
    Ultra Orthodox Jewish men are being arrested by Israeli police as they block a road during a protest in Jerusalem, Israel, 19 October 2017. Photo by: JINIPIX
  • Ultra Orthodox Jewish men are being arrested by Israeli police as they block a road during a protest in Jerusalem, Israel, 19 October 2017.  

 Photo by: JINIPIX
    Ultra Orthodox Jewish men are being arrested by Israeli police as they block a road during a protest in Jerusalem, Israel, 19 October 2017. Photo by: JINIPIX
  • Ultra Orthodox Jewish men are being arrested by Israeli police as they block a road during a protest in Jerusalem, Israel, 19 October 2017.  

 Photo by: JINIPIX
    Ultra Orthodox Jewish men are being arrested by Israeli police as they block a road during a protest in Jerusalem, Israel, 19 October 2017. Photo by: JINIPIX
  • Ultra Orthodox Jewish men are being arrested by Israeli police as they block a road during a protest in Jerusalem, Israel, 19 October 2017.  

 Photo by: JINIPIX
    Ultra Orthodox Jewish men are being arrested by Israeli police as they block a road during a protest in Jerusalem, Israel, 19 October 2017. Photo by: JINIPIX
  • Ultra Orthodox Jewish men are being arrested by Israeli police as they block a road during a protest in Jerusalem, Israel, 19 October 2017.  

 Photo by: JINIPIX
    Ultra Orthodox Jewish men are being arrested by Israeli police as they block a road during a protest in Jerusalem, Israel, 19 October 2017. Photo by: JINIPIX
  • Ultra Orthodox Jewish men are being arrested by Israeli police as they block a road during a protest in Jerusalem, Israel, 19 October 2017.  

 Photo by: JINIPIX
    Ultra Orthodox Jewish men are being arrested by Israeli police as they block a road during a protest in Jerusalem, Israel, 19 October 2017. Photo by: JINIPIX
  • Ultra Orthodox Jewish men are being arrested by Israeli police as they block a road during a protest in Jerusalem, Israel, 19 October 2017.  

 Photo by: JINIPIX
    Ultra Orthodox Jewish men are being arrested by Israeli police as they block a road during a protest in Jerusalem, Israel, 19 October 2017. Photo by: JINIPIX
  • Ultra Orthodox Jewish men are being arrested by Israeli police as they block a road during a protest in Jerusalem, Israel, 19 October 2017.  

 Photo by: JINIPIX
    Ultra Orthodox Jewish men are being arrested by Israeli police as they block a road during a protest in Jerusalem, Israel, 19 October 2017. Photo by: JINIPIX
  • Ultra Orthodox Jewish men are being arrested by Israeli police as they block a road during a protest in Jerusalem, Israel, 19 October 2017.  

 Photo by: JINIPIX
    Ultra Orthodox Jewish men are being arrested by Israeli police as they block a road during a protest in Jerusalem, Israel, 19 October 2017. Photo by: JINIPIX
  • Ultra Orthodox Jewish men are being arrested by Israeli police as they block a road during a protest in Jerusalem, Israel, 19 October 2017.  

 Photo by: JINIPIX
    Ultra Orthodox Jewish men are being arrested by Israeli police as they block a road during a protest in Jerusalem, Israel, 19 October 2017. Photo by: JINIPIX

 Charedi protesters declared a “day of rage” over the arrests of two yeshiva students charged with draft evasion.

Thursday’s declaration follows three days of demonstrations in which hundreds of Charedi demonstrators blocked central roads in Jerusalem and Bnei Brak, a Charedi enclave. Dozens of protesters have been arrested in recent days amid charges of disproportionate force by police.

The arrested yeshiva students were each sentenced to 20 days in military prison for not appearing after receiving several draft notifications.

Demonstrations on Thursday began at the busy Shilat Junction near Modiin Ilit, which is home to a large Charedi population. Other protests were due to take place in Jerusalem, Bnei Brak, Beit Shemesh, El Ad, Ashdod in southern Israel and Safed/Tzfat in northern Israel.

Protesters shouted “Death before conscription” and “prison before army service.”

“We’re demonstrating for just one thing: The State of Israel wants to desecrate us and for us to no longer be Charedi,” Moshe Cohen, a yeshiva student from Hadera, told Ynet. “We’ll fight with every fibre of our being; we’d accept death before transgression on this. We’ll fight to our last drop of blood. We will not give up. We’ll die before joining the army.”

Later Thursday, the protesters blocked Jerusalem’s busy central bus station and brought the city’s light rail to a halt.

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