Holy Ark (archives)
Photo: Lahav Assaf Avres
A 15-year-old Jerusalem girl was arrested on suspicion that she lit a fire next to the Holy Ark of a synagogue in the city on the evening of Lag B'Omer. The girl claims that she wanted to take revenge for ultra-Orthodox harassment.
The girl, a high school student, was arrested by police Tuesday morning, and brought before the court which extended her arrest until 11 pm Tuesday.
During questioning, she said she wanted to get back at the Haredim in the area in which she lives who harass her, but she did not mention sexual harassment. She said she simply bought a lighter, and entered the synagogue on Pnim Meirot Street whose door was open. She then set the cantor's platform and the screen in front of the Holy Ark on fire, and ran away.
Police continue to investigate the incident, but do not think there is any connection between this case and the two other arson cases in the city's synagogues – Torat Moshe, on Shmuel Hanavi Street, and Or Hahayim in the Bukharian quarter, where three Torah scrolls were burned.