Tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox protest over Shabbat work on light rail

Illustrative: Ultra-Orthodox demonstrators blocking a road in Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv as they protest against the army draft, March 22, 2018. (Police spokesperson)- The Times of Israel

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Tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews protested in Bnei Brak on Friday evening after a court gave the go-ahead for work on the Tel Aviv light rail project on Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest.

The protesters, singing Shabbat songs and holding signs calling for the people to respect the sanctity of the day of rest, blocked a key highway junction in the area. Bnei Brak is an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood on the outskirts of Tel Aviv.

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