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USA: Hundreds of Orthodox Jews rally against Netanyahu in NYC 02:42

USA: Hundreds of Orthodox Jews rally against Netanyahu in NYC

United States, New York
September 23, 2016 at 02:37 GMT -00:00 · Published

Hundreds of orthodox Jews gathered outside the United Nations (UN) in New York on Thursday to protest to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as he addressed the UN General Assembly. Those gathered decried the Israeli government's decision to compel orthodox Jews in Israel to serve in the Israeli Army.

The protesters wore yellow stars saying "Jude" to highlight how they felt "degraded" by the Israeli government, explained one protester. Executive Director and President of the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg, Rabbi David Niederman said "people should not be forced to serve in the army if their conscience does not allow them to do that."

Orthodox Jews in Israeli have historically been able to abstain from military service in favour of Torah study. In 2014 Israel's Parliament approved legislation that would eventually eliminate exemptions from compulsory military service and could see evaders penalised. The law was amended in 2015 to postpone the implementation of obligatory enlistment until 2020.

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Hundreds of orthodox Jews gathered outside the United Nations (UN) in New York on Thursday to protest to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as he addressed the UN General Assembly. Those gathered decried the Israeli government's decision to compel orthodox Jews in Israel to serve in the Israeli Army.

The protesters wore yellow stars saying "Jude" to highlight how they felt "degraded" by the Israeli government, explained one protester. Executive Director and President of the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg, Rabbi David Niederman said "people should not be forced to serve in the army if their conscience does not allow them to do that."

Orthodox Jews in Israeli have historically been able to abstain from military service in favour of Torah study. In 2014 Israel's Parliament approved legislation that would eventually eliminate exemptions from compulsory military service and could see evaders penalised. The law was amended in 2015 to postpone the implementation of obligatory enlistment until 2020.

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