World Bulletin / News Desk
Violent confrontations erupted in Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem) on Thursday when Israeli police tried to disperse a rally by hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews to protest the detention of a young man who refused to serve in the army.
Around 800 Ultra-Orthodox Jews demonstrated in central Al-Quds against the detention of a Jewish religious student who refused to perform his army service, Israeli newspaper Maariv reported.
The paper added that hundreds of Ultra-Orthodox protesters had attacked police cars, prompting police to arrest five demonstrators.
Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported that demonstrators had blocked several roads in the city.
Last month, Ultra-Orthodox Jews staged what has been described as the largest rally in Israel's history to protest proposed legislation that would make army service mandatory for religious students.
Army service is mandatory in Israel for everyone (three years for men and two years for women), with the exception of Ultra-Orthodox Jews, who account for roughly 10 percent of the national population.
A new bill, however, seeks to extend mandatory military or civil service to Israel's ultra-Orthodox community. If approved, the new law would go into effect in mid-2017.Last Mod: 11 Nisan 2014, 09:44