The latest riot over an arrest of a draft dodger has taken place
Over 500 haredim rioted in Jerusalem’s ultra-Orthodox Mea Shearim neighborhood Thursday afternoon to protest the arrest of a young man for refusing to report for IDF service.
According to police, shortly after the unidentified conscript was arrested, radical members of the community gathered and began throwing rocks at police, setting trash bins on fire, and blocking traffic.
“Special patrol units in the area promptly arrived at the scene to deal with the disturbance, which has resulted in five arrests so far,” said Police Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld an hour after the rioting began.
Rosenfeld added that police have closed off traffic in and out of the neighborhood, and cordoned-off the scene of the riot, to contain the violence.
No serious injuries were reported in the incident.
Mea Shearim has been no stranger to such radical demonstrations since the conscription bill requiring ultra-Orthodox men to serve in the army, or take part in compulsory national service, was announced. Failure to report for service can result in up to two years imprisonment.
There should be jail terms set for rioters who disturb the peace out of isolationist and socialist measures too.
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