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Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer is  welcomed by a crowd in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer is welcomed by a crowd in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Jerusalem - A Charedi man released from prison eight months after being arrested for his part in an anti-draft protest in Israel received a hero’s welcome Thursday evening in Meah Shearim, with thousands turning out to celebrate his newfound freedom.

Binyomin Friedman, who was arrested last November by Israeli police, was given a place of honor on a platform-topped truck, traveling through the Charedi neighborhood amid a sea of supporters reported B’Chadrei Chareid (http://bit.ly/2gccczm).  Prominent rabbonim turned out to pay tribute to Friedman while young boys waved light sticks as the procession continued through the streets amid singing and dancing. 

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At times, Friedman reached down to shake hands with the crowd, some of whom carried signs bearing slogans blasting the Israeli government and messages including “Rabbi Binyomin, the nation is with you.”

Friedman, a member of the Satmar community, was rewarded for his firm stance against the draft with a $24,000 gift from private contributors.

According to Arutz Sheva (http://bit.ly/2gaLZRV) Friedman was arrested after assaulting police officers during last fall’s demonstration and was ordered to serve his sentence in Netanya’s Hadarim prison. 

Friedman was hailed for his bravery during his prison term, with supporters staging demonstrations outside the jail and his wife receiving an all expenses paid vacation at a Satmar summer camp in New York.

Letters of support encouraged Friedman during his incarceration, with one informing him that Satmar schoolchildren in Williamsburg held a designated study day in his honor, learning 600 pages of Gemara on his behalf, according to the Israel Versus Judaism blog. Another written by the Satmar Rebbe praising Friedman for being “our representative and the representative of the Almighty.” 

Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer is  welcomed by a crowd in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer is welcomed by a crowd in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)
Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer is  welcomed by a crowd in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer is welcomed by a crowd in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)
Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer is  welcomed by a crowd in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer is welcomed by a crowd in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men celebrate the release of Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer, in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men celebrate the release of Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer, in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)
Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer is  welcomed by a crowd in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer is welcomed by a crowd in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)
Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer is  welcomed by a crowd in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer is welcomed by a crowd in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)
Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer is  welcomed by a crowd in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer is welcomed by a crowd in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men celebrate the release of Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer, in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men celebrate the release of Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer, in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)
Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer is  welcomed by a crowd in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer is welcomed by a crowd in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men celebrate the release of Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer, in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men celebrate the release of Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer, in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)
Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer is  welcomed by a crowd in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer is welcomed by a crowd in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)
Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer is  welcomed by a crowd in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer is welcomed by a crowd in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men celebrate the release of Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer, in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men celebrate the release of Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer, in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men celebrate the release of Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer, in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men celebrate the release of Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer, in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)
Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer is  welcomed by a crowd in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer is welcomed by a crowd in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men celebrate the release of Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer, in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men celebrate the release of Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer, in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men celebrate the release of Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer, in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men celebrate the release of Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer, in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men celebrate the release of Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer, in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men celebrate the release of Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer, in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men celebrate the release of Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer, in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men celebrate the release of Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer, in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men celebrate the release of Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer, in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men celebrate the release of Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer, in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men celebrate the release of Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer, in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men celebrate the release of Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer, in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men celebrate the release of Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer, in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men celebrate the release of Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer, in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men celebrate the release of Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer, in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men celebrate the release of Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer, in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men celebrate the release of Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer, in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men celebrate the release of Benjamin Friedman who was under arrest for 8 months after being charged with assaulting a police officer, in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, August 24, 2017. (Credit: Flash90)


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 Aug 25, 2017 at 11:07 AM Anonymous Says:

If he assaulted someone....why is he a hero? Forget about everthing else( i know there is more wrong things with maaseh)

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 Aug 25, 2017 at 11:20 AM Adopt A Job Says:

Another attention seeker.

Get a day job please

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 Aug 25, 2017 at 11:36 AM lostinCA Says:

are they celebrating for a guy who hit another Jew r"l?
are these people nuts?

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 Aug 25, 2017 at 12:47 PM Anonymous Says:

He looks like KUNI LEMEL!!!

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 Aug 25, 2017 at 02:31 PM honestbroker Says:

Do any of these people work?!?!
This is the Mea Shearim version of BLM

"CHASIDISHE LIVES MATTER" !!

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 Aug 25, 2017 at 02:46 PM LionofZion Says:

Disusting.

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 Aug 25, 2017 at 04:02 PM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

love it, thumping in the face of the atheists Zionists, whose ONLY goal in drafting our Torah learners is to make them forget Yiddishkeit, we will NEVER join the IDF. Let "Israelis" like Tibi serve and Saleh serve. The Zionists will put you in jail for killing a terrorist. we resisted the czar we will resist the Zionists.

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 Aug 25, 2017 at 06:26 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
triumphinwhitehouse Says:

love it, thumping in the face of the atheists Zionists, whose ONLY goal in drafting our Torah learners is to make them forget Yiddishkeit, we will NEVER join the IDF. Let "Israelis" like Tibi serve and Saleh serve. The Zionists will put you in jail for killing a terrorist. we resisted the czar we will resist the Zionists.

"we will NEVER join the IDF"

Just curious, do you live in Israel?

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 Aug 25, 2017 at 06:20 PM Anonymous Says:

Its a shame that they spend thousands of dollars to give this guy a hero's welcome. Their children are starving and live in rat holes, but they find money for this nonsense. I don't care whether he's for the draft or against it, but jew hitting anther jew is a different matter.

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 Aug 26, 2017 at 02:46 PM lazy-boy Says:

It breaks my heart to see what has happened in the frum world. Where once frum was once erhlicht, today it is stupidity and black hats and black coats. Nothing to do with G-d....

For this I cry....

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 Aug 26, 2017 at 10:28 PM sane Says:

This man gets a heroes welcome for doing nothing. But an IDF soldier who is wounded or killed while defending them is spat upon. What have we spawned?

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 Aug 27, 2017 at 01:15 AM Greener Says:

The check is post-dated, 24th of September. Will he get the money?

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 Aug 27, 2017 at 11:55 AM normaljew613 Says:

Reply to #7  
triumphinwhitehouse Says:

love it, thumping in the face of the atheists Zionists, whose ONLY goal in drafting our Torah learners is to make them forget Yiddishkeit, we will NEVER join the IDF. Let "Israelis" like Tibi serve and Saleh serve. The Zionists will put you in jail for killing a terrorist. we resisted the czar we will resist the Zionists.

Psychiatrist are doing wonderful treatments these day for sick people like you find one

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