Police rescue IDF soldier from haredi anti-draft extremists

Police rush to extricate haredi IDF soldier from the extremist mob in Jerusalem's Meah Shearim neighborhood.

Tzvi Lev,

IDF soldiers on patrol in Meah Shearim
IDF soldiers on patrol in Meah Shearim
Ariel Pinder - Hadashot 24

Police forces rushed to extricate a haredi IDF soldier after he was attacked by extremists in Jerusalem's Meah Shearim neighborhood.

According to the Kikar Hashabbat website, the soldier had arrived in uniform together with his family in order to shop at a Judaica store. Once inside, he was confronted by extremists who took affront with his IDF uniform and threw him out of the shop, where he was then pelted by rocks and garbage.

The incident only ended after the soldier and his family were rescued by police forces who were urgently dispatched to the scene. It is not clear if any arrests were made.

Haredi extremists often attack IDF soldiers who enter their neighborhoods, claiming that the soldiers' presence is insensitive to their anti-IDF religious sensibilities. In February, a religious soldier was attacked as he prayed in a synagogue in the Beit Yisrael neighborhood of Jerusalem.

The Beit Yisrael Shtibel, located in the predominantly haredi neighborhood of Beit Yisrael, near Meah Sharim, includes multiple prayer rooms, allowing locals to form impromptu prayer services at all times

The soldier, a member of the national religious community, arrived at the Beit Yisrael Shtibel for evening prayers when he was attacked by anti-draft radicals.While his attackers pursued him, the soldier managed to escape when an ambulance arrived at the scene.