Some 2,000 rabbis sat on special platform. Roughly 300 NYPD policemen secured the event.
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Protesters held signs which read "The Israeli Draft Law is an attack on Freedom of Religion."
Demonstrators were mostly from two factions of Satmar Hasidim, an anti-Zionist sect within the ultra-Orthodox community, whose members are typically are at odds but came together on this issue, Newsday reported.
'Historic protest' (Photo: AFP)
The event was broadcast live giving other Satmar Hasidim the chance to participate from afar.
Rallying in Manhattan (Photo: 24 News)
Recently Grand Rebbe of Satmar Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum said that enlistment is worse than the annihilation of the Jewish people.
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