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Shimon Peres urges Israelis to rally against extremism

27 December 2011 Last updated at 21:06 GMT

Israel's president has urged Israelis to rally against ultra-Orthodox Jewish extremism in what he called a fight for the "soul of the nation".

Shimon Peres was speaking as hundreds gathered in the town of Beit Shemesh to protest against the way some ultra-Orthodox Jews treat women.

Jon Donnison said that people in Beit Shemesh are worried about the growing influence of the ultra-orthodox and that they believe what is happening is a microcosm of the broader Israeli society.