Haredim riot over arrest of pub-going, draft-dodging yeshiva student

May 8, 2016 20:30


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Several hundred young haredi men associated with an extremist haredi faction rioted on Sunday against the arrest of a yeshiva student caught by police in Eilat visiting pubs and night clubs who has not reported to the IDF for military service.

Demonstrations took place in Bnei Brak and Jerusalem, as well as on Route 4, and Route 444 just north of the predominantly haredi city of Elad.

Hordes of protestors tried to block Bar Ilan street, a central Jerusalem thoroughfare, but were forcibly dispersed by the police. One policeman was injured by stones thrown by the rioters, but was treated on the spot.

In total, approximately 30 protestors were arrested around the country for rioting and disturbing the public order.

The violent demonstrations started on Thursday after a haredi yeshiva student from Elad was arrested in Eilat by the police.

The student, and three of his friends, had been visiting the “Crazy Elephant” night club in the city and then hailed a cab to take them to the main promenade where they wished to find a pub.

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