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Ultra-Orthodox Jews attend a protest against recruitment to the Israeli army and to express their opposition to new amendments to the contentious Equal Service law, in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighbourhood, on December 22, 2015. In November, Israeli lawmakers approved an amendment to the Equal Service law, which dramatically rolled back the 2014 reforms on ultra-Orthodox recruitment into the Israel Defense Forces and scrapped the communal penalties imposed if annual quotas for ultra-orthodox soldiers were not met.