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In Haredi communities the mood is defiant. Mea Shearim is a closed, strictly ultra-Orthodox community on the outskirts of Jerusalem's Old City. Apart from the murmur of prayers in the yeshivas and the occasional shout of young schoolboys, its old stone alleyways are hushed. Men in broad hats and frockcoats walk the streets quickly, their eyes cast to the ground. Life here has not changed for hundreds of years and no one thinks it will change now.
Mea Shearim was established in 1874 as the second settlement outside the walls of the Old City by a building society of 100 shareholders. Pooling their resources, the society members purchased a tract of land outside the Old City, which was severely overcrowded and plagued by poor sanitation, and built a new neighborhood with the goal of improving their standards of living.
that said, whilst I support the efforts of the Israeli govt to make previously exempt religious groups serve their time in the IDF, I agree with those who say that the wholesale drafting of extremists into an allegedly secular army will cause more problems than it solves.
keep to the Fen Causeway
Austerity can only be implemented in the shadow of a concentration camp.
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