Police tried to disperse ultra-Orthodox Jews protesting against army conscription in Bnei Brak, on Monday. Several hundred demonstrators blocked traffic, while police tried to disperse the crowds by deploying water cannons. They can also be seen pushing and dragging the protesters from the road. Reportedly dozens were arrested with two police officers and 12 protesters left injured... Еще. Military service in Israel is compulsory for all men and women who are 18 years old, but when 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. Earlier in September, Israel's Supreme Court ruled that exemptions for ultra-Orthodox Jews were unconstitutional.