Israeli police say more than 1,000 people -- mostly Orthodox Jews -- have demonstrated in Jerusalem in support of ultra-Orthodox Jews who are being detained for failing to report for a mandatory draft assessment, the CBN (Christian Broadcast Network) website reports today (December 10, 2013).
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says yesterday's protest took place outside the jail where the men are being held.
The military said the men are being detained for refusing to report to a military recruitment center. Before a law was recently passed by Israel, ultra-Orthodox Jews were not required to serve in Israel's military.
The protesters also demonstrated against a recently approved plan that would halt automatic draft exemptions to ultra-Orthodox seminary students and require all to register for military service. They say the military would expose the Israeli youth to secularism.