Demonstrations were held at five locations across the country on Thursday to protest the jailing by a military court of a yeshivah student for five days for failing to report after receiving his first notice of induction into the army.
The student, from Ashdod, was arrested by police on a traffic-related charge, and they discovered that he had not reported for recruitment. They charged him with desertion and a military court sentenced him while disregarding his plea that he is a full-time yeshivah student entitled to an exemption from the draft. His release is scheduled for next Sunday.
The demonstrations took place at the entrance to Yerushalyaim, Bnei Brak, Beit Shemesh, Modiin Illit and Ashdod. The started at 2 p.m. and lasted for about two hours, as the demonstrators protested the persecution of yeshivah students and the decrees being issued against them.
As a result of the demonstrations, traffic was disrupted along major thoroughfares and over 30 people were arrested.