Agence France-PresseFebruary 6, 2014 13:46
Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews battled police across Israel on Thursday in a wave of protests against their young men being called up for military service.
Police said that around 3,000 protestors blocked main roads in Jerusalem, the ultra-Orthodox Tel Aviv suburb of Bnei Brak, the southern city of Ashdod and towns in central Israel.
An AFP journalist in Jerusalem said police fired water cannon at demonstrators who danced in the deluge.
They carried placards reading "Stop the ultra-Orthodox draft" and "Only in Israel is Bible study a criminal offence", she said.