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What started out as a small protest in front of the IDF conscription office on Rashi Street in Jerusalem, has seemed to explode over the course of Sunday evening. Earlier in the day, some few dozen protesters gathered outside the IDF office and were protesting the alleged IDF’s intention to arrest a Charedi girl for not coming to deal with her draft notice.
According to earlier reports in the Israeli media, the girl did show up at the office to sort out her draft notice now that she has turned to leading a religious lifestyle (Baales Teshuva). Before she entered the building, fearing that she would be arrested, the girl told a number of Charedi women standing near the building, who are assigned to spy on those entering and exiting by the Charedi community, that she was likely to be arrested.
As time passed and she did not exit the building, the women reported that she had indeed been arrested and that the IDF police was on its way to the office to carry out the arrest. Due to this report, dozens of Charedi protesters were dispatched to the office to begin, what would turn into a tumultuous and violent affair.
Over the course of the evening, hundreds of protesters arrived and there are currently calls for more protesters to drop whatever they are doing and rush over to help the protest. Police say that some of the protesters have been “disturbing the peace and actively attacking police forces that were called in to maintain the peace and quell the protests”.
Shockingly, Police have used “shock grenades” while working to return order to the area.
Thus far, eight people including police officers and protesters have been treated at the scene for light injuries by United Hatzalah EMS personnel who were dispatched to treat the injured. United Hatzalah ambulance teams also transported some of the injured to hospital.
As of this report, protests have spread to Kikar Shabbos as well, where the street has been closed to traffic by protesters.
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(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)