haredi praying on Mount Meron.
(photo credit: Reuters/Baz Ratner)
Jerusalem police have cracked down on violent demonstrations in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea She’arim over the past few days, leading to the
arrest of nine people accused of disturbing the peace, many of whom are
Three Americans were arrested on Wednesday night on
Shivtei Israel Street during a demonstration against Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu’s decision to put Mount Meron under the auspices of the Tourism
Ministry, rather than the yeshiva that was previously operating the site. About
100 haredi protesters were in attendance.
Jerusalem police spokesman
Shmuel Ben-Ruby said that the nine people arrested will be indicted in the next
few days, and police will ask that the Americans be deported.
Wednesday, protesters threw rocks at a border police jeep and an Egged Bus,
smashing the windshield of the jeep.
There were no injuries. The six
other people arrested in the past few days were arrested at similar
demonstrations that turned violent.
Ben-Ruby said the police were
preparing for possible riots in response to the indictment on Thursday of a
central figure in the extremist “Sikrikim” sect, Yosef Meir Hazan.
he credited the wave of arrests for weakening the protests.
already seen a decrease in violence,” he said.