Israel wants to extend its compulsory military service to some of its most religious residents Many ultra-Orthodox Israelis see this as a form of religious persecution The demonstration was a show of solidarity with Israeli ultra-Orthodox who’ve been protesting the proposal for weeks Last Sunday, hundreds of thousands of the devout Jews brought Jerusalem to a stand still in a massive show of force
PUBLISHED: 17:47 EST, 9 March 2014 | UPDATED: 08:17 EST, 10 March 2014
Ten city blocks of Manhattan became a river of black Sunday as 50,000 dark-clad ultra-Orthodox Jews took to the streets to protest Israel’s proposal to force their young boys into its army.
The gathering took up a stretch of Water Street, with demonstrators standing behind police barricades amid tight security as they prayed in solidarity with their brethren in Israel.
‘These kids, a lot of them don’t know how to hold a gun. They don’t know what physical warfare is,’ said Long Island rabbinical student Shmuel Gruis.
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Thousands of Orthodox Jews swarm NYC streets to protest Israel's draft