Some 20,000 anti-Zionist men, mainly Satmar Hasidim, gather in Brooklyn to protest ‘persecution’ of their brethren in Israel

An estimated 15,000 to 20,000 anti-Zionist ultra-Orthodox Jews protested in New York against the conscription of Haredi yeshiva students and the arrest of draft dodgers.

Most of the participants in the rally Sunday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn were from the Satmar Hasidic sect, whose Central Rabbinical Congress of the USA and Canada organized the rally. The Satmars had hoped that other Hasidic sects would come out in support of the rally, but they didn’t due to infighting, Ynet reported.

The rally was held under the banner of “Let My People Go,” a larger campaign against the conscription and the “persecution of the Torah in the Holy Land.”

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