Uri Maklev
Uri Maklev Hezky Ezra

Hassidic followers of Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach are protesting against the modified IDF draft bill. One such protester broke into the Tzai Synagogue in Jerusalem's Ramat Poland neighborhood this morning (Shabbat) and began yelling at MK Uri Maklev (UTJ), who serves as the congregation's gabbai.

According to witnesses, the man insulted MK Maklev and blamed him, along with MK Moshe Gafni and the other UTJ MKs, for supporting the draft of haredi youths. At the the Maklev was at the bima and about to call people up to read from the Torah.

The man, who was known to those present from previous demonstrations, was forced out of the synagogue and the service restarted.

Rabbi Auerbach's followers have stated that, should the draft bill be given a second and third reading, they will hold large-scale protests. They call the efforts to draft haredim "the army's continued attempts to fill its draft goals both by threats and by temptations."