Some 100,000 ultra-Orthodox Jews took part in a mass rally in Manhattan's
Foley Square to protest Israel's plan
to conscript haredim to the IDF.
A march held prior to the protest drew tens of thousands of yeshiva students
who wore baggy clothes.
Some 2,000 rabbis sat on special platform. Roughly 300 NYPD policemen secured the event.
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)
Members of the ultra-Orthodox faction said the protest was an "historic" event, much like the 1954 demonstration against the conscription of girls.
Recently Grand Rebbe of Satmar Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum said that enlistment is worse than the annihilation of the Jewish people.
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