Rally in Sheikh Jarrah (Archives)
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Haredim riot in Sheikh Jarrah

Shortly after rally against Jewish presence in east Jerusalem neighborhood concludes, dozens of ultra-Orthodox Jews arrive at the scene, stone passing cars. Leftist: We'll fight for Palestinians' right to return to their homes

Dozens of ultra-Orthodox Jews rioted Friday evening near east Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. No injuries were reported.


The haredim threw stones at vehicles travelling along Route 1. A number of vehicles were damaged.


Earleir Friday, some 250 left-wing activists protested against Jewish presence in the mostly Arab neighborhood. Demonstrators chanted "Leave Sheikh Jarrah immediately".


The protestors said police used excessive force and carried out illegal arrests. The leftists said they were acting in accordance with a High Court of Justice ruling, which ordered police to permit them to rally.


Leftist protestor in Sheikh Jarrah (Photo: AFP)


Eight leftists were detained and later released on bail. They are forbidden from entering the area for a period of 15-days.


"All of those who were detained stood on the sidewalk, not even close to the road," one demonstrator said. "They (police) kept ordering us to move. Of course, these arrests won’t bring an end to the struggle. We'll fight for the Palestinians' right to return to their homes and we won’t stop until it happens."


The left-wing activist said that following the rally dozens of haredim arrived at the scene. "They threw stones and smashed car windows," she claimed.


On Saturday some 3,000 Arabs and leftists-wing activists protested in Sheikh Jarrah.


Ronen Medzini contributed to the report


פרסום ראשון: 03.12.10, 22:47
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