Hundreds of thousands of Ultra-Orthodox Israeli Jews have rallied against plans to enroll them into the army.
Police say the protesters paralyzed parts of Jerusalem al-Quds, blocking the main entrance to the city and halting public transport. They're angry over a draft law that will see an end of military exemption granted to seminary students. The practice to exempt the Ultra-Orthodox from military service has been followed since the creation of Israel. Recently, a parliamentary committee has come up with a military bill which is expected to pass later this month. Supporters have hailed it as an historic step. But, Ultra-Orthodox leaders argue that such a move would deny them the right to devote themselves full-time to the study of religious scriptures.