Haredim protest arrest of IDF draft dodger, 3 police officers hurt

Six arrested as ultra-Orthodox protest in Jerusalem and at Geha interchange near Bnei Brak.

April 13, 2014 05:03
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Haredim protest arrest of draft dodger, April 10. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)


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Dozens of haredim protested the arrest of an ultra-Orthodox draft dodger on Eshkol Boulevard in Jerusalem on Saturday night.

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Protesters later attempted to block the entrance to the capital near the Bridge of Strings.

Six protesters were detained for questioning.

Similar protests were reported in Ashdod and at the Geha interchange on Route 4 near Bnei Brak.

In the protest at the Geha interchange, demonstrators threw stones at police, lightly injuring three officers.

On Thursday, more than 500 haredim rioted in Jerusalem’s ultra-Orthodox Mea She’arim neighborhood to protest the arrest of a young man for refusing to report for IDF service.

According to police, shortly after the unidentified conscript was arrested, radical members of the community gathered and began throwing rocks at police, setting trash bins on fire and blocking traffic.

Daniel K. Eisenbud contributed to this report.

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