Israel: Ten arrested during ultra-Orthodox draft protest

Ten ultra-Orthodox Jews were arrested during clashes with police on Monday in Jerusalem over the arrest of two men who refused to serve in the military. Thousands of protesters blocked the main entrance to Jerusalem with police using «skunk spray» in a bid to remove them. The protests come on the back of an escalation in protests with 120 arrested last Thursday in a similar demonstration... Еще. 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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