Ultraorthodox Jews Protest Bill to End Military Service Exemption

ultra-jews-HEAD-smg Israeli lawmakers passed a controversial measure this week that will force many ultraorthodox Jews to serve in the army or do other civilian service. Since Israel’s founding, ultraorthodox Jews have been permitted to avoid the draft in order to attend religious schools. Many ultraorthodox Jews had been demonstrating against the measure, arguing they serve their country by studying the Torah. Tens of thousands also gathered in New York for a mass prayer service in protest of the bill.