The first day of school got off to a rough start in Hadera after a rabbi and three of his students vandalized school equipment to try and prevent it from opening on the first day of class.

Police were called to the scene and arrested the rabbi and his students. Police spokesman Ch.-Supt. Eran Shaked said that the rabbi is from the Center of the country and he and students from his yeshiva tried to disrupt the first day of class because of a dispute between him and the Hadera Municipality over the school building.

Shaked said the rabbi broke a sign at the entrance to the school and, along with his students, physically blocked female students from entering the building.

Hadera police who arrived at the scene arrested the rabbi and his three students, all of whom are adults.

Other officers remained at the scene to ensure that class would be held without any further interruptions by the rabbi’s supporters.

According to Shaked, the dispute between the rabbi and the Hadera Religious Council deals with the ownership of one of the buildings used by the school. He added that, as of Monday morning, police were unsure whether to keep the rabbi in custody or to release him pending a further investigation.

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