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Photo: Gil Yohanan
Haredim resume protest against gay parade
Ultra-Orthodox men hurl stones at police officers in Jerusalem, set fire to garbage bins and block road; Border Guard spokeswoman also attacked. Police detain five suspects
Ultra-Orthodox men on Sunday evening resumed the violent protest against the gay pride parade. They hurled stones at police forces in Jerusalem, after Attorney General Menachem Mazuz decided to approve the parade, which is scheduled to take place in the capital on Friday.

 

The police detained five suspects and took them in for interrogation.

 

The Jerusalem Border Guard spokeswoman was also attacked by haredim in the capital. The ultra-Orthodox men saw a police car, blocked it, tried to enter it and placed garbage bins on the route. The spokeswoman escaped unharmed.

 

Earlier, about 100 haredim blocked parts of the Shabbat Square in Jerusalem. They burned garbage bins and blocked a road.

 

Ultra-Orthodox men also protested in several places in the city of Bnei Brak against the decision to hold the pride parade in Jerusalem.

 

The protest against the pride parade has moved the extremists forward to the center of the stage. Every evening they burn garbage bins and damage public property. As part of the escalation of the struggle, on Saturday evening they attempted to hit cats traveling on highways. 


Jerusalem set on fire (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

 

On Saturday evening, hundreds of ultra-Orthodox men flocked to the streets of Jerusalem and burned everything they could get their hands on. They hurled stones at police officer, lightly injuring at least one policeman.

 

"The Nazis are coming, run!" was the catchphrase of the night, with haredi youths warning each other in Yiddish of advancing police officers trying to restore order to central Jerusalem.

 

The Shabat Square was yet again the staging area for Saturday's riots as Israel's ultra orthodox community takes its protest of the upcoming pride parade up a notch. Haredim set fire to large garbage containers and bus stops, uprooted a traffic light, threw firecrackers and rocks at inter-city traffic along routes 1 and 4, damaged several police cars by stretched metal cables across streets and pelting them with rocks.

 

Avi Cohen contributed to the report

 


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