Effigy of IDF soldier hung in Jerusalem by ultra-Orthodox extremists

The Israel Police on Friday removed an effigy of an IDF soldier that had been hung from a roof in the radical ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim in Jerusalem. This comes as lawmakers are battling over the draft bill.

An effigy of an IDF soldier was hung from a roof on Friday in Jerusalem's radical ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, amid a coalition crisis over a bill to exempt yeshiva students from serving in the army.

Residents of the neighborhood shouted in protest as the police removed the effigy. "Our preliminary investigation has found that the effigy had been soaked in flammable liquid, apparently with the intent of setting it on fire later," police said in a statement. "We are continuing to investigate the incident in order to track down those involved."

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman sharply condemned the incident on his Twitter page. "The sight of an IDF soldier effigy hung in Mea Shearim is outrageous," he wrote. "My job as defense minister is to protect such inciters too. My job as a citizen is to fight them politically. The authorities' job is to place them behind bars. I expect the leaders of ultra-Orthodox parties to denounce this act."



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