Friday, May 17, 2013

A clash of uniforms and black coats: Riot police tackle ultra-Orthodox Jews protesting against army draft in Jerusalem which could 'destroy their way of life'

A sea of black coats - the traditional attire of ultra-Orthodox men - engulfed Jerusalem streets near the city's military draft bureau to protest against a controversial proposal by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition government to increase drafting ultra-Orthodox men, most of whom receive exemptions on religious grounds. A police spokesman said stun grenades and water cannon were used against the 20,000-strong protesters.