Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Fast Forward

WATCH: Female Israeli Soldier Uses Krav Maga To Fend Off Horde Of Hasidic Jews

A female IDF solider was forced to use karate to fend off a swarm of Hasidic Jews protesting the compulsory military draft in Jerusalem Monday, the Washington Post reported. Nomi Golan, who was off duty at the time, was attempting to guide a car through the raucous protests.

“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 the Israeli news site First Report.

Watch the video here.

The Hasidic men are protesting the requirement that all Israelis enter military service at the age of 18. Though Israeli Arabs and the ultra-Orthodox are currently exempt from the draft, the law that ensures the ultra-Orthodox exemption is set to expire within a year.

Anti-draft riots are common in Jerusalem, with crowds of Hasidic men often stopping traffic and preventing buses from leaving their stations.

Contact Ari Feldman at [email protected] or on Twitter @aefeldman.

Engage

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.