As Israel celebrated its 66th Independence Day earlier this week, dozens of haredi (ultra-Orthodox) youth exploited their democratic right to freely assemble by ripping down and destroying Israeli flags, blocking roads, and protesting against the Jewish state.

Such outbursts have developed into a sad phenomenon, with demonstrations against Jewish sovereignty becoming more frequent and more heated as the Israeli government has taken steps to enlist the country’s able-bodied haredi men into the Israel Defense Forces.


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