Protesting Israel’s efforts to draft ultra-Orthodox Jewish men into the army, Satmar Jews aim to show they’re behind their brethren across the ocean

BROOKLYN — The Barclays Center was filled with men wearing black and white Sunday, but it wasn’t the Brooklyn Nets battling an NBA foe. It was nearly 20,000 men from the Satmar Hasidic community protesting the Israeli army’s efforts to draft young ultra-Orthodox Jewish men.

The event, dubbed “Kinus Harevavot,” or “Gathering of Thousands,” was organized by the Williamsburg, Brooklyn-based Satmar organization Central Rabbinical Congress of the U.S.A. and Canada. It brought in school busloads of Hasidim from upstate Monsey, New York, and Lakewood, New Jersey.

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