MK Gafni in Jaffa, Sunday
Photo: Yaron Brener

Hundreds of haredim in Jaffa: We'll stop attack on graves

MK Gafni joins hundreds of ultra-Orthodox in protest against construction at site where Jewish graves located. 'Fierce and barbaric assault against graves in Israel launched,' he says

Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox arrived at the Andromeda Hill area in Jaffa on Sunday to protest against construction work taking place there.


The haredim claim ancient Jewish graves are located at the site.


Large police forces were dispatched to the scene in order to secure the work. The area was cordoned off, and two nearby streets were closed to traffic.


"I have a feeling that a fierce and barbaric assault against graves in Israel has been launched, and we will do everything we can to stop it," Knesset Member Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) told Ynet during the rally.

Protestors in Jaffa during prayer break (Photo: Yaron Brener)


The MK said "greed" was behind the excavation work at the site, adding that "it must be stopped."


During Thursday's demonstration, haredi protestors chanted "Death to Zionists" and "Seculars are a miserable and heinous people". They also called police "Hitler's officers".


Some of the haredim donned yellow construction helmets bearing the caption: "Protective gear against police violence."


Last week also saw hundreds of ultra-Orthodox also protesting in Jerusalem against the excavation works in Jaffa. Two motorcycle riders sustained moderate to serious wounds after colliding with a trash container pushed onto the road by haredi demonstrators.



פרסום ראשון: 07.11.10, 15:18
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