Under a decision by the Kibbutz Movement, residents of the communal communities from around the country came to Jerusalem, Thursday, to provide protection to hareidi-religious soldiers from members of the local hareidi community who have been abusive, if not violent toward them in recent weeks as part of the effort against legislation to expand hareidi military and civilian national service. The kibbutzniks are providing protective escort service to the soldiers between Sarei Yisrael Street and Me'a She'arim Boulevard and the soldiers' homes through Friday.
Moshe Tzelik of the Kibbutz Movement's operations branch was one of the volunteers. He told Arutz Sheva about being moved by the tears shed when his group brought a soldier home to his parents. He added, "I wonder why people in their community humiliating them instead embrace them."