On Sunday, a Haredi protest against the arrest of a draft-dodger in Jerusalem turned into a violent clash between Haredi Jews and police. Eight ultra-Orthodox men were arrested.
Watch: The protest in Jerusalem
Eight ultra-Orthodox men were arrested during a Haredi protest in Jerusalem on Sarei Yisrael Street Sunday. The protest was against the arrest of the grandson of the Toldos Avrohom Yitzchok master rabbi (rebbe) for draft evasion. At least one of the videos from the scene shows police officers using excessive force and violence when dealing with the protesters, who were calling them “Nazis.” The rebbe has instructed the protesters to stop the demonstration.
According to the Israel Police, the protesters blocked the streets in the area and some even threw stones at police officers. The Israel Police said in a statement that it is working with great determination to allow every group to conduct legitimate protests but that it is also important that the protesters obey the law and the officers’ orders. Regarding the allegation of excessive force, the Israel Police stated that it appears that some officers used an extreme amount of force and that their conduct will be reviewed.
Jerusalem, today Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90
Last week, the Israeli Supreme Court decided to accept the appeal against the amendment to the Recruitment Law, ordering that it be canceled within a year. According to the Supreme Court, the amendment to the legislation made by the Haredi parties is “disproportionate and unconstitutional.”
“When examining the amendments of the law, we found that there is a deep failure in its ability to realize the goal of significantly reducing the inequality in the distribution of the burden of military service,” the judges stated.