Israel: Several held as ultra-Orthodox military protest enters 2nd day

Several people were detained on Tuesday after protests against the arrest of two ultra-Orthodox men who refused to serve in the military entered a second day. Police dragged a number of protesters from blocking traffic and train tracks near the International Convention Centre in Jerusalem on Tuesday. The day before police arrested at least twelve men after clashes erupted at different sites... Еще across the country. They are protesting the arrest of two men who were sentenced to two weeks in a military jail. Military service in Israel is compulsory for all men and women 18 years of nage, 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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