Police arrested two prominent Eda Haredit and Neturi Karta activists in Jerusalem on Tuesday. Also arrested were Yoel Kraus, a prominent Eda Haredit figure and Mordechai Hirsch, the son of Moshe Hirsch, who served as a cabinet minister in the Palestinian government. Local residents responded by hurling stones at the police officers.
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Officers and Jerusalem municipal inspectors arrived in Mea Shearim to shut down a slaughterhouse, which was recently opened after previously being closed. The slaughterhouse owner was detained for questioning. Police also arrested one of the leaders of the Sicarii faction.
Kraus was arrested two months ago as part of a Tax Authority operation. Municipal inspectors raided several businesses whose owners were suspected of tax evasion.
This prompted riots involving hundreds of haredim who hurled stones, eggs, empty bottles and iron bars at police officers. The rioters also torched trash cans and spilled oil on the road. Damage was caused to several vehicles, and six officers were wounded.
Yair Altman contributed to this report