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Violence in Beit Shemesh continued for a third day on Wednesday at the
Goloventzitz construction site where a haredi faction claims there may be Jewish
graves which must not be disturbed.
According to the police,
approximately 50 haredi men connected to Atra Kadisha, the organization opposing
the building project, gathered to protest against the construction work which
has since restarted. Police arrested three men for causing an affray, one of
whom was lightly injured and sent to Hadassah University Medical Center in
Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem. A police officer was also mildly injured and was treated
at the site.
In accordance with instructions by senior haredi leader,
Rabbi Haim Kanievsky, Rabbinical Judge Mendel Lubin arrived at the site on
Wednesday morning, along with Rabbi Moshe Boier to inspect the site to rule on
the matter, but ultimately did not carry out the intended
According to Ahrale Yakter, chairman of the Association for the
Prevention of Desecration of Graves, the rabbis requested that Rabbi Shmuel
Solush be present, an expert on Jewish grave sites for Atra
Their request was refused and the rabbis decided not to enter
the site without Solush.
Yitzhak Weiss, a haredi journalist connected to
Atra Kadisha, said that security personnel employed by Binyan Shalem, the
company overseeing the construction project, refused entry to Solush and noted
that the work was continuing against the instructions of Kanievsky.
matter has now been appealed to the High Court of Justice, which has requested
that the Goloventzitz brothers who initiated the project and the Israel
Antiquities Authority respond to the claims in the petition by the beginning of
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