Several exhibitions, protests, and roadblocks were set up throughout Israel to begin the “Day of Disruptions” that anti-reform protestors had threatened.
Protesters held demonstrations in front of the residences of the Ministers of Finance Smotrich in Kedumim, the Minister of Public Security Itamar Ben-Gvir, and the Minister of Intelligence Gila Gamliel.
With signs reading “Will your brothers go to war and you stay here,” “There must be a division of the burden,” and other statements, scores of demonstrators in Bnei Brak built up a mock “draft office” and assembled near Ponovezh.
Additionally, demonstrator convoys blocked several roads during the protest. Several protesters were detained by the police for causing disturbances.
Smotrich’s support of a draft law that would exempt chareidim from IDF service from a young age was apparently under fire from protesters identifying themselves as “Democratic Religious Zionists” who organized Shacharis prayers near his home and demanded that the Finance Minister “strengthen the army and the nation by Religious Zionist principles.”
“The days when one group serves the country and funds the yeshivos- who are trying to establish a halachic dictatorship here,” the protesters declared in a press release.
Additional demonstrations are expected throughout the day, including in front of the Kol Torah yeshiva in Bayit V’Gan.
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