Thousands of Ultra Orthodox Jewish men celebrate 63 ultra orthodox men who were released from prison on Apri 3, 2018. The young Ultra Orthodox released prisoners were arrested for their failure to show up at the army recuitment office. Photo by Flash90 ***

The Jerusalem Faction blocked the main entrance to Jerusalem on Tuesday night, to honor the 63 imprisoned Torah scholars who were detained during the winter for prolonged periods for refusing to apply for IDF draft exemptions.

Thousands of Jerusalem Faction members lined the streets and also stood in the middle of Route 1 as a group of limousines believed to be carrying some of the 63 students entered the city. The celebration caused a major traffic jam on the highway, the main road between the capital and the coast, with commuters visibly frustrated about the congestion and the blockage.

Protesters surrounded several of the limousines, causing them to halt while the haredim sang and danced around them. Several were seen shaking hands through the limousines’ windows with the “honorees.”

Thousands of Ultra Orthodox Jewish men celebrate 63 ultra orthodox men who were released from prison on Apri 3, 2018. The young Ultra Orthodox released prisoners were arrested for their failure to show up at the army recuitment office. Photo by Flash90 

The Bridge of Strings was packed with onlookers who came out to watch the motorcade pass.

12 limousines were hired to carry “the stars of the event,” the students who were imprisoned for following the instructions of R’ Shmuel Auerbach z”l, for not registering with draft offices around the country as the law demands. The motorcade entered Jerusalem via Route 1, under the Chords Bridge, and ended on Bar-Ilan Street with thousands of celebrants singing and dancing.

Thousands of Ultra Orthodox Jewish men celebrate 63 ultra orthodox men who were released from prison on Apri 3, 2018. The young Ultra Orthodox released prisoners were arrested for their failure to show up at the army recuitment office. Photo by Flash90

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