Mea She'arim and senseless no-go zones

Declaring places like Mea She’arim as no-go zones is a mistake. What police ought to be doing is entering with force and making widespread arrests of those engaged in violence.

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June 14, 2011 15:56
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HAREDI MEN and women cross the street yesterday in

Mea Shearim 311. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)

A police representative announced in court last month that Jerusalem’s Mea She’arim neighborhood has become a no-go zone for the men in blue. Every time police enter, the official explained, they encounter violence from ultra-Orthodox extremists. And that is why they failed to arrest a criminal suspect for over a month despite knowing exactly where in the neighborhood he was.

Nor is Mea She’arim the only place where police face such problems. Many Arab towns and neighborhoods have similarly been declared no-go zones because police operations there routinely spark violence. Jewish extremists in the West Bank seem to be trying to gain the settlements such status as well: They regularly attack soldiers and policemen enforcing the planning and building laws.



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