Demonstrators were singing "We shall not yield, we shall not bow down" in a paraphrase of Mordechai's determination not to submit to the decrees of Haman. In other words, the ultra-Orthodox will not back down in the face of the ploy to draft Haredim as God stands with them.
Route 412 was blocked in both directions as a result of the demonstrations.
The protests follow the arrest of three Yeshiva students turned soldiers, who defected from the army. The IDF is planning lengthy sentences in military prison.