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Hareidim in New York Protest Draft Law

Thousands of hareidim gathered in Manhattan to protest against the new Israeli draft law which will force yeshiva students to enlist.
By Uzi Baruch, New York
First Publish: 3/10/2014, 12:14 AM

Thousands of hareidim gathered in Manhattan on Sunday, where they protested against the new Israeli draft law which will force yeshiva students to enlist in the army.

Sunday’s protest in New York comes a week after hundreds of thousands of hareidi protesters gathered at the entrance to Jerusalem, for a prayer rally protesting the draft.

The organizers estimated that 500,000 people took part in the Jerusalem protest.

The new draft law has been a point of contention in Israel, particularly because of the approval of criminal sanctions against hareidim who evade army service.

Hareidi leaders have expressed strong opposition to criminal sanctions for yeshiva students, and pro-enlistment leaders have warned that strong sanctions could create a backlash that would mean fewer hareidi men in the army, not more.

At least one Hassidic sect has threatened to flee Israel en masse if the draft law is ratified, and a boycott has even been threatened against Judea and Samaria in "retaliation" against the Religious Zionist community for the measure. 



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