Police detain 2 Haredi suspects in anti-IDF display

Two residents of Jerusalem are believed to have been responsible for hanging effigies of IDF soldiers from rooftops in Jerusalem's radical ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim on Friday.
Photo credit: Israel Police

Police on Sunday detained two Jerusalem residents who are suspected of hanging effigies of IDF soldiers in the radical ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim.

The effigies were hung on Friday amid an ongoing coalition crisis over a bill to exempt yeshiva students from serving in the army. Police said the suspects' actions may have encouraged young religious men to try and dodge their military service.

Israel's Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman slammed the leaders of ultra-Orthodox Knesset parties for not speaking up against the troubling display. "We can argue about the draft bill or the state budget," he said, "but the fact that we see an effigy of a soldier hung from a roof in Jerusalem time and time again, and there's no condemnation from any political figure - that is extremely serious and cannot be ignored."

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