Riots at end of rally
Photo: Uzi Perlmutter, 24 News
Masses attend rally
Photo: Uzi Perlmutter, 24 News

Thousands of Haredim protest in Jerusalem

Eda Haredit leaders hold mass protest against establishment of new governmental authority to oversee tomb of Simeon bar Yochai in Mount Meron

Thousands of haredim took part in a demonstration in Jerusalem's Shabbat Square Sunday night to protest a decision to establish a state authority which will be responsible for the tomb of Simeon bar Yochai in Mount Meron. Among the protesters were prominent ultra-Orthodox rabbis and leaders.


The mass rally was fairy calm until dozens began to target passing vehicles in the Mea Shearim neighborhood.


נגד "השתלטות ציונות" (צילום: עוזי פרלמוטר ,סוכנות הידיעות חדשות 24 )

Masses gather at Shabbat Square (Photo: Uzi Perlmutter, 24 News)


The rioters tried to attack Egged buses and hurled stones at a police cruiser. A Jerusalem police force eventually arrested five of the rioters. Leaders of the Eda Haredit condemned the riots at the end of the rally, stressing they were part of a fringe group.


Earlier this month, the government received a bill by the Tourism Ministry for the establishment of a new governmental authority which will be in charge of Simeon bar Yochai's tomb. Members of the Eda Haredit are opposed to what they describe as a "Zionist takeover" of the holy site.




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