At least 13 ultra-Orthodox Jews were reportedly arrested during an anti-conscription protest in Israel's Bnei Brak on Thursday. Demonstrators blocked traffic, while police tried to disperse the crowds by pushing and dragging the protesters from the road. Mounted police were also deployed at the scene. Military service in Israel is compulsory for all men and women who are 18 years old, but when... Еще the country was created in 1948, its first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion allowed 400 ultra-Orthodox Jews to avoid compulsory service to study the Torah. In September 2017, Israel's Supreme Court ruled that exemptions for ultra-Orthodox Jews were unconstitutional.