Israel: Ultra-Orthodox Jews protest IDF enlistment bill in Jerusalem

Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews gathered in Jerusalem on Monday to protest against proposed legislation that would set yearly conscription targets for Orthodox seminary students. Footage shows the protesters as they join in prayer and then block traffic on the streets. Military service in Israel is compulsory for all men and women who are 18 years old, but when the country was established in... Еще 1948, its first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion allowed 400 ultra-Orthodox Jews to avoid compulsory service to study the Torah. Israeli politician and health minister Yaakov Litzman has threatened to pull United Torah Judaism (UTJ) out of the ruling coalition if the bill passes, which would result in the coalition losing its majority in the Knesset.

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