23:38 GMT30 October 2020
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    Israeli police officers removed a puppet dressed up in the uniform of an IDF soldier from the side of a building where it was hung in the Mea Shearim neighborhood in Jerusalem, law enforcement has stated.

    "The police reacted quickly and decisively, discovering the building on which the mannequin was hanging and removing it… The doll was soaked in flammable liquid, probably in order to set it on fire later," the police spokesman's unit said.

    Local media reports suggest that Mea Shearim neighborhood residents often protest in this manner against the service of ultra-Orthodox Jews in the army. One of the protests, apparently, included a mannequin.

    Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman commented on the incident on Twitter, calling it a "horrifying sight."

    "My job as defense minister is to protect [everyone], including the instigators of such acts. [But] my job as a citizen is to fight against them politically. The authorities' job is to put them behind bars," he wrote.

    The incident coincided with attempts of ultra-Orthodox parties, which constitute a significant part of the ruling coalition, to adopt a law on conscription that would equalize the study in yeshivas, Jewish institutions that focuses on the study of traditional religious texts, primarily the Talmud and the Torah, with military service and release seminarians from the military draft.

    According to the Jerusalem post newspaper, disagreements on the issue in the camp of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's allies may lead to the dissolution of the government and early elections.


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