Religion: Hooliganism in the Holy City

Ultra-Orthodox Jews attack secular Israelis—and each other

At a farewell party in Jerusalem for high school graduates entering military service, a mob of ultra-Orthodox Jews, armed with clubs and metal bars, not only disrupted the festivities but also partially destroyed the community center where they were being held. Another group of fanatics ransacked an Israeli census office, claiming that counting people violated divine law. A yeshiva student walking home one evening was seriously wounded by knife-wielding youths; they were apparently retaliating against the actions of militant religious groups. At a performance of...

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