Ultra-Orthodox Jews attend a protest against a law calling for members of their community to serve in the army, in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighbourhood December 22, 2015..
(photo credit: REUTERS/BAZ RATNER)
Security forces should have “no mercy” when dispersing ultra-Orthodox anti-draft protesters involved in civil unrest and attacking Israeli soldiers, former Israel Police Asst.- Ch. Arieh Amit wrote in a Facebook posting on Thursday.
Amit, who served in the police for over 20 years, holding senior positions, including head of operations and commander of the Jerusalem District, made the comments in response to the ongoing campaign carried out by extremists in the haredi community against enlistment into the IDF.
The campaign has garnered considerable press coverage with scenes of soldiers being subject to both verbal and physical harassment in the streets of ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods.
Earlier this month, photos emerged of a soldier, the son of former Yesh Atid lawmaker Dov Lipman, being escorted away from an angry mob of ultra-Orthodox protesters in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Mea She’arim.
In a statement, the police promised “to fight against all elements who are violent toward those in uniform at any time and in any place, and will not allow extremist elements to take the law into their own hands and to harm people who chose to serve the country.”
In May 2017, for the second time in less than two months, haredi extremists in the Mea She’arim neighborhood of Jerusalem burned a haredi IDF soldier in effigy, during bonfires set to mark the Lag Ba’omer holiday.