Violence in Bet Shemesh continued for a third day on Wednesday at the
Goloventzitz construction site where a haredi faction claims there are possibly
Jewish graves which must not be disturbed.
According to the police,
approximately 50 haredi men gathered to protest against the construction work
which has now re-started. Police arrested three men for causing an affray, one
of whom was lightly injured and sent to Ein Karem hospital in Jerusalem for
treatment. A police officer was also mildly injured and was treated at the
A delegation of three haredi rabbis, appointed by senior haredi
leader Rabbi Haim Kanievsky, arrived at the site on Wednesday morning to inspect
the site in order to rule on the matter but ultimately did not carry out the
According to the Chairman of the Association for the
Prevention of Desecration of Graves Ahrale Yakter, the rabbis requested that a
representative of Atra Kadisha, the group opposing construction, be
Their request was refused and the rabbis decided not to enter
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