Hundreds of thousands demonstrate in Jerusalem against haredi draft

Prayer rally to protest legislation to draft haredi men into national service shuts down streets in capital.

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March 2, 2014 18:12
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Haredi mass prayer rally in Jerusalem. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

 
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Courtesy News 24

Hundreds of thousands of people from the haredi community gathered in Jerusalem late Sunday afternoon in one of the largest demonstrations in Israel’s history, to protest against a reform of the conscription law that would draft ultra-Orthodox men into the army or compulsory national service.

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The huge crowd of people congregated from under the Bridge of Strings at the city entrance, stretching past the Jerusalem International Convention Center and down Shazar Avenue, branching off along large sections of Jaffa Road, Yermiyahu Street, Sarei Yisrael Avenue, and other major thoroughfares.

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