Amid draft bill, fervently Orthodox attack and demonize enlistees from within their community.
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Jerusalem — They are known as “hardakim,” and have become caught in the crossfire of the escalating battle in Israel over the ending of military draft exemptions to the fervently Orthodox, also known as haredim.
Thousands of haredi Jews, including members of both rival factions of the Satmar chasidic sect, crowded into Foley Square in Lower Manhattan Sunday to protest Israel's plan to include the ultra-Orthodox in the army draft.
The protesters carried signs reading "The Israei Draft Law is an attack on religious freedom" and "Orthodox Jews willproudly go to jail rather than serve in the Israeli army."
Israel should consider drafting its Arab and Haredi population to defend their neighborhoods,.Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, told the Times of Israel. He said the proposal would undercut ideological arguments since draftees would take care of their own neighborhoods.