A fearless female soldier put her martial arts training to good use when she fought off dozens of Jewish ultra-Orthodox anti-draft protesters during a rally in Jerusalem.
Off-duty soldier Nomi Golan fended off a baying crowd of protesters, demonstrating against the arrest of two yeshiva students who refused to show up to the military recruitment office.
Using a series of expert karate kicks and chops, Golan held back the violent rabble who were preventing a car from driving up a street.
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The protesters are attempting to stop a car in the street and rain insults on Golan such as ‘whore’ as well as spitting at her.
“They attacked me, so as a soldier, a civilian, an old woman, young or no matter what role I or what I was wearing, I defended myself as I would in any other situation,” she told First Report, an Israeli news outlet.
The Haredi yeshiva students were participating in a ‘Day of Rage’ that had been called to protest against the changes in legislation that will potentially force them to serve in the military, reports Jewish News.
Members of one of the harder lined Haredi groups were arrested recently after they followed the instructions of their Rabbi and refused all cooperation with the Israeli Army and Israeli state, including ignoring draft papers and deliberates not asking to be exempted from military service.
Protests were called all over Israel in response to the arrests, with yeshiva students blocking traffic. At least 60 people were arrested in Jerusalem and Bnei Brak, according to police.
Members of the ultra-Orthodox – who make up around 8 percent of Israelis – have been exempt from service because of their commitment to studying the Torah. Those who study at yeshivas (Jewish religious schools) see themselves as protecting the nation through prayer.
Haredi are required to present themselves to the army with letters explaining their exemption, but many refuse even to do this.