‘Traitors’: Anti-government protesters decry recent revival of Haredi enlistment bill

Sam Sokol is the Times of Israel's political correspondent. He was previously a reporter for the Jerusalem Post, Jewish Telegraphic Agency and Haaretz. He is the author of "Putin’s Hybrid War and the Jews"

People attend a rally urging a hostage deal and early elections near the Knesset in Jerusalem, June 17, 2024. (Sam Sokol/Times of Israel)
People attend a rally urging a hostage deal and early elections near the Knesset in Jerusalem, June 17, 2024. (Sam Sokol/Times of Israel)

The crowd at the anti-government protest outside the Knesset boos as they watch a video of coalition lawmakers recently voting for a controversial bill to lower the age at which Haredi yeshiva students are exempted from military service.

The bill’s advancement during wartime, and as the military says it needs thousands of more soldiers as soon as possible, has enraged many secular and religious Zionist Israelis.

A few people in the crowd scream, “Traitors,” while others chant, “Shame.”

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