Protest against arrest of 2 community members
Dateline: Jerusalem - 19 October 2017
Date: 10/19/2017 02:09 PM
Jerusalem - 19 October 2017
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1. Ultra-Orthodox Jews protesting, Israeli police deployed in the area
2. Protesters carrying banners reading (Hebrew) "Draft Equals Religious Persecution" and "In Military Prison For Studying Torah"
3. Police dispersing protesters
4. Police arresting protesters
5. Protesters blocking road
Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews protested on Thursday in Jerusalem against the arrest of two community members for refusing to enlist in the military.
Protesters blocked streets and scuffled with police who tried to remove them from the road.
The protest comes after Israel's Supreme Court last month struck down a 2015 law which granted exemptions from military service to ultra-Orthodox men.
Most Jewish men are required to serve in Israel's military.
But the ultra-Orthodox community has won exemptions, arguing that young men studying in Jewish seminaries serve the nation through study and prayer.
Secular Israelis say the system is unfair.