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Haredim Riot Across Israel, Dozens Injured
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
At least 46 rioting haredim and one police officer were injured during countrywide anti-draft protests today, the Times of Israel and many other Israeli media reported.
Hundreds of haredi rioters reportedly set fire to large public trash dumpsters and blocked major roads during the Monday morning rush hour in protest of the arrests late last week of four draft-dodging haredi yeshiva students from Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach’s Ashkenazi non-hasidic haredi rebel faction. Rioters chanted and held signs demanding the four draft-dodgers be released from jail immediately.
Haredim held signs reading: "Going to recruitment offices is entering enemy territory."
Monday morning, a text message was reportedly sent to thousands of haredi yeshiva students . It reportedly read, "those who have not yet been arrested must continue protesting – we cannot remain silent about the arrest of the yeshiva members."
A border police officer was reportedly injured in the port city of Ashdod when he was hit in the face with a metal bar by a haredi rioter. At least forty haredim were arrested there.
And on Sunday night, three haredi rioters were arrested for public disorder in similar anti-draft protests.
Major riots and disruptions took place in Ashdod, Jerusalem, and Bnei Brak, Hadera and Elad with smaller protests elsewhere.