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Thursday, May 16, 2013 

Haredis hold a protest against army recruitment

It figures this was coming:
Some 30,000 haredim held a protest vigil in Jerusalem Thursday. The rally, held in protest of haredi enlistment to the IDF and civil service, quickly turned violent.

The protest was held at the initiative of the most radical of haredi factions – the Eda Hahredit – against what they dub the "enlistment edicts," currently threatening yeshiva students. They were joined by a number of more mainstream haredi rabbis. On the other side of the street a small number of haredi soldiers were holding a counter protest against draft dodging.

Through megaphones and leaflets, the protest's organizers called on protesters to refrain from provocation, but clashes between protesters and police, journalists and haredim in IDF uniform nonetheless ensued.

There are additional reports of objects being thrown in the direction of both police forces and haredim currently serving in the IDF.

Pini Rosenberg, the protest's spokesperson, said that "tens of thousands are taking part in the haredi response to the Peri Committee. We say 'no' to the enlistment of yeshiva students, even if all of us will be forced to go to jail en masse. We have survived for 2,000 years and will survive this spiritual destruction as well."

Regarding the spouts of violence plaguing the protest, Rosenberg said: "It is clear to all of us that this is just a small number of protesters in comparison to the tens of thousands God fearing protesters. We have no control over the youth."
In that case, why did they bother to organize this act of disrespect? He's made a confession that their educational system really is a failure.

And the only reason why the Jews have survived so many centuries is thanks to their ability to recognize when it pays to fight back, not just to pray. Tragically, these extremist factions don't consider themselves part of Jewish people proper. I don't feel one bit sorry for them. But I do know that there's every chance further violence could ensue, and the authorities are going to have to be ready to deal with it.

Update: The Jewish Press says 10 police officers were injured in the ensuing riots. Truly disgusting. Here's another report over here.

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