Eda Haredit rabbis signed a declaration Thursday calling on the public to fast on Sunday over the ongoing construction at Jaffa's Andromeda Hill and the ensuing evacuation of graves from the site.
The haredi leadership is also considering a significant reduction in or complete prohibition against holding protests after a trash bin shoved onto Route 1 during a Jerusalem demonstration seriously injured a motorcyclist and his passenger.
Under the title "Rivers of waters run down my eyes," the Badatz rabbis wrote in their announcement that this Sunday be marked as a fast day on which haredi followers should abstain from food and drink until the afternoon hours. During the fast, a "lamentation and forgiveness" rally will be held in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Mea Shearim.
Following the road accident Wednesday, criticism against the rallies within the haredi community has increased, especially since extremist elements in the Eda Haredit commit acts of vandalism and violence during them.
Businessmen within the community are also concerned by the lack of control over what goes on during the rallies. Among other things, efforts are being made to hold an emergency meeting between the businessmen and police representatives in order to discuss the situation.
Two people were seriously injured in a traffic accident when haredi rioters pushed a trash bin onto a Jerusalem highway, into which the motorcyclist and his passenger collided.
More than 200 haredim rioted in protest against the ongoing construction in Jaffa which they claim is desecrating graves on the site. During the demonstration, they clashed with police and threw stones at them.
In another recent incident, dozens of haredim attacks a company car from Elektra that entered Mea Shearim. The two people riding in the car called the police and were ultimately escorted out of the neighborhood unharmed. The attacked was prompted by Elektra's involvement in the building at Jaffa's Andromeda Hill, which the haredim oppose.
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