Israel: Police arrest 22 ultra-Orthodox at sit-in for military draft dodgers

Police arrested 22 ultra-Orthodox demonstrators in Jerusalem on Sunday for disrupting traffic during a protest against the jailing of eleven students who refused military draft orders. Footage shows police using a water cannon and forcibly removing protesters who blocked the main roads into the city. The protest came after Jaffa Military Court sentenced eleven students to 90 days in prison for... Еще refusing to follow draft orders. Military service in Israel is compulsory for all men and women 18 years of age, but when the country was created in 1948, its first prime minister allowed 400 ultra-Orthodox Jews to avoid compulsory service to study the Torah. Earlier in September, Israel's Supreme Court ruled that exemptions for ultra-Orthodox Jews were unconstitutional.

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