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Violence continues in Bet Shemesh over alleged destruction of Jewish graves at Goloventzitz construction site

August 14, 2013 17:28

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 site.

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 intended checks.

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 present.

Their request was refused and the rabbis decided not to enter the site.

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