‘They attacked’

Brave woman seen using kung-fu moves to fend off mob of angry young men

(The Washington Post)

A young Israeli woman was seen in a video using a series of improvised martial arts moves to clear a way for a car surrounded by a crowd of angry Ultra-Orthodox protesters in Jerusalem. The woman, Nomi Golan, is an off-duty soldier who said that she had hoped to convince the crowd of young men, who were protesting the arrest of two Yeshiva students over their refusal to register for the military, to let the car pass through the protest.

In the video, the men can be seen spitting and cursing at Golan, calling her a “shiksa,” (a non-Jewish woman) and a whore. At one point, one of the protesters kicks Golan in the back, sending her hurtling into the hood of the car. The men can be heard screaming and yelling and several of them are seen in the footage recording the confrontation on their mobile phones. Golan, undeterred by the intimidation and physical attacks, uses a series of kicks karate moves to keep them at bay.

“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,” Golan told local media, according to a translation provided by the Facebook page First Report.

All Jewish men and women are required to serve in the army at age 18, but Ultra-Orthodox Jews, along with Israeli Arabs, have long received an exemption. With the exemption expected to expire this year, a sect of Haredi Jews led by 86-year-old Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach has reportedly begun refusing to cooperate with the military at all. According to Israel Cohen, a journalist for Kikar Shabat, a news website, Auerbach had instructed his Yeshiva students to refuse to register for the military or even to request an exemption — leading to the arrest of two of Auerbach’s students after they failed to report to the military recruitment office.

Watch the video below.

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Read the full story at The Washington Post.


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