Israel: Ultra-Orthodox Jews scuffle with police at anti-IDF draft protest

Scuffles erupted between police and ultra-Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem on Thursday, as hundreds protested military drafts for their community. Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews blocked off the Chords Bridge entrance to the city as they protested IDF conscription. The protest comes a week after the arrest of a member of the Jewish Jerusalem Faction, who refused to sign a document of deferral of... Еще service. While by law, ultra-Orthodox Jews do not have to carry out service they do have to sign a document declaring their deferral. Military service in Israel is compulsory for all men and women who are 18 years old, but when the country was established 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.

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