‘Half million’ Orthodox Jews rally against military service

Russia Today – March 3, 2014

Many of those in attending the anti-conscription rally in Jerusalem were dressed in black hats and coats, traditional Haredi attire for the ultra-orthodox community. Haredim consider themselves to be the most religiously authentic group of Jews, and argue army service would deprive them of the right to fulfill their religious obligations. Cick to enlarge

Authorities estimated 250,000 to 400,000 attended the massive rally in Jerusalem, which left the main entrance to Jerusalem inaccessible and jammed up public transport. Protest organizers claim up to 500,000 attended the demonstration against legislation which would end military exemptions for seminary students, a system which has been in place since the Jewish state was founded. Click to enlarge

Orthodox Jews walk down leaflet-littered streets of Jerusalem with two young children in tow. Despite the fact that Ultra-Orthodox Jews make up ten percent of Israel’s eight-million strong population, the majority of them refuse to work, and instead study full-time in religious institutions. Click to enlarge

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