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Ultra-Orthodox protest Israeli military draft

Ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel who say they should receive a blanket exemption from military conscription staged a sit-down protest at a major Jerusalem junction on Thursday, prompting scuffles with police.


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Ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel who say they should receive a blanket exemption from military conscription staged a sit-down protest at a major Jerusalem junction on Thursday, prompting scuffles with police. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel who say they should receive a blanket exemption from military conscription staged a sit-down protest at a major Jerusalem junction on Thursday, prompting scuffles with police. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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Israel has long exempted many of its ultra-Orthodox men from the draft, on the understanding they are better suited for seminary studies. Political parties run by rabbis in the coalition government have helped preserve the arrangement in the face of criticism by secular Israelis.


 REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Israel has long exempted many of its ultra-Orthodox men from the draft, on the understanding they are better suited for seminary studies. Political parties run by rabbis in the coalition government have helped preserve the arrangement in the face of...more

Israel has long exempted many of its ultra-Orthodox men from the draft, on the understanding they are better suited for seminary studies. Political parties run by rabbis in the coalition government have helped preserve the arrangement in the face of criticism by secular Israelis. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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But some ultra-Orthodox men do not secure exemptions and, should they avoid call-ups, face possible prosecution. Protesters taking part in Thursday's demonstration said they had turned out in solidarity with an ultra-Orthodox man who had been arrested for draft-dodging. 
 

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But some ultra-Orthodox men do not secure exemptions and, should they avoid call-ups, face possible prosecution. Protesters taking part in Thursday's demonstration said they had turned out in solidarity with an ultra-Orthodox man who had been...more

But some ultra-Orthodox men do not secure exemptions and, should they avoid call-ups, face possible prosecution. Protesters taking part in Thursday's demonstration said they had turned out in solidarity with an ultra-Orthodox man who had been arrested for draft-dodging. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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Thirty-seven people were arrested, police said.


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Thirty-seven people were arrested, police said. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Thirty-seven people were arrested, police said. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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The protesters had blocked traffic at the western entrance to Jerusalem, leading to the Tel Aviv highway.


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The protesters had blocked traffic at the western entrance to Jerusalem, leading to the Tel Aviv highway. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

The protesters had blocked traffic at the western entrance to Jerusalem, leading to the Tel Aviv highway. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men are sprayed with a water cannon by Israeli police as they block a road during a protest against the detention of one of their community members who evaded a military draft order, in Jerusalem. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men are sprayed with a water cannon by Israeli police as they block a road during a protest against the detention of one of their community members who evaded a military draft order, in Jerusalem. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men are sprayed with a water cannon by Israeli police as they block a road during a protest against the detention of one of their community members who evaded a military draft order, in Jerusalem. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man is carried away by Israeli policemen. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man is carried away by Israeli policemen. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man is carried away by Israeli policemen. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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Mounted Israeli police try to prevent ultra-Orthodox Jewish men from blocking a road. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Mounted Israeli police try to prevent ultra-Orthodox Jewish men from blocking a road. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Mounted Israeli police try to prevent ultra-Orthodox Jewish men from blocking a road. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man sits as he takes part. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man sits as he takes part. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man sits as he takes part. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men are sprayed with a water canon. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men are sprayed with a water canon. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men are sprayed with a water canon. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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A mounted Israeli policeman tries to disperse ultra-Orthodox Jewish men as they protest. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

A mounted Israeli policeman tries to disperse ultra-Orthodox Jewish men as they protest. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

A mounted Israeli policeman tries to disperse ultra-Orthodox Jewish men as they protest. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men are sprayed with a water cannon by Israeli police. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men are sprayed with a water cannon by Israeli police. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men are sprayed with a water cannon by Israeli police. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men are sprayed with a water cannon by Israeli police. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men are sprayed with a water cannon by Israeli police. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men are sprayed with a water cannon by Israeli police. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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