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Hundreds Protest Jailing of Yeshiva Student for Evading Draft

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Undercover police officers arrest a Haredi demonstrator during a protest at the Bar Ilan intersection in Jerusalem Sunday.

Undercover police officers arrest a Haredi demonstrator during a protest at the Bar Ilan intersection in Jerusalem Sunday.
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At least six Haredi protesters were arrested and a police officer was wounded in demonstrations in at least three Israeli cities Sunday following the arrest of a yeshiva student for ignoring a draft notice.

Hundreds of protesters blocked busy intersections in Jerusalem, Bnei Brak, Modiin Illit and Beit Shemesh.

The yeshiva student has been arrested several times, the first time in March, for ignoring his call-up notice. He is being held in a military prison and reportedly has begun a hunger strike.

He is said to be affiliated with the Jerusalem Faction, a non-Hasidic Haredi faction led by Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach, who has ordered his students to ignore draft notices.

Under a law passed in March, Haredi men will be criminally charged for evading the draft, but the penalties will not go into effect until 2017.

The Tal Law, which allowed Haredim to defer army service indefinitely, was invalidated by the Supreme Court in February 2012, effective with its expiration date last August.

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  1. What good is a soldier who doesn’t want to fight? If there is no other option exile them.

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