Ultra-Orthodox block major intersection, demand exemption from military service

AP , Thursday 29 Sep 2022

Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jewish Israeli men on Thursday blocked a major Jerusalem intersection to protest attempts to force them to register for Israel's military draft.

Ultra Orthodox Jewish protest
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men block a car from crossing Jaffa Street in central Jerusalem, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022. AP

 

Military service is mandatory for most Jewish Israeli men, but the ultra-Orthodox often receive exemptions in order to continue their religious studies.

The exemptions have long infuriated secular Israelis, but ultra-Orthodox communities have resisted repeated attempts to force them to register for the draft.

During Thursday's protest, the black-clad religious demonstrators blocked traffic at a main intersection near the entrance to the city and chanted: "I will not join the army of destruction.''

Police said they were trying to restore order. There were no immediate reports of violence.

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