Israeli Soldier Fights Off Crowd Of Ultra-Orthodox Demonstrators

An Israeli soldier has gone viral around the world after a video showed her using her martial arts training on a group of ultra-Orthodox Jewish protesters.

The female soldier, who was off-duty at the time is depicted kicking and striking the men, who are kicking, spitting and shouting insults at her.

The woman, named Nomi Golan, is shown using elements of krav maga, the Israeli martial art that is based on effective street fighting and was developed to fight Nazis in 1930s Czechoslovakia.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Mark McGowan

Mark is a journalist at LADbible, who joined in 2015 after a year as a freelance writer. In the past he blogged for independent football fan channel Redmen TV, after graduating from Staffordshire University with degrees in journalism and English literature. He has worked on campaigns such as UOKM8? and IIOC.

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